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67 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2018, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 181 (Unrevised)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

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The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

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The first list records senators present in the Senate Chamber during the course of the sitting.

An asterisk in the second list indicates a senator who, while not present during the sitting, was in attendance to business, as defined in subsections 8(2) and (3) of the Senators Attendance Policy.

PRAYERS

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Tabling of Documents

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., tabled the following:

Certificate of nomination and biographical notes of Caroline Maynard, the nominee for the position of Information Commissioner.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1854.

Introduction and First Reading of Government Bills

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-50, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (political financing), to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Mercer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bovey, that the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for a second reading two days hence.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Third Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Wetston, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cormier, for the third reading of Bill C-25, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and the Competition Act, as amended.

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Massicotte, seconded by the Honourable Senator Christmas:

That Bill C-25, as amended, be not now read a third time, but that it be further amended in clause 24,

(a)on page 9, by adding the following after line 31:

172.01 A prescribed corporation shall establish numerical goals, such as percentages, for the representation of persons in each designated group, as defined by regulation, among its directors and among members of senior management, as defined by regulation, and shall establish a timetable for attaining those goals, within one year after the day on which this section comes into force.”; and

(b)on page 10,

(i)by adding the following after line 2:

(1.1) The directors shall also place before the shareholders, at every annual meeting beginning one year after the day on which the numerical goals referred to in section 172.01 are established and until the corporation has attained those goals, a report on the progress made by the corporation in the previous year in terms of attaining those goals.”,

(ii)by replacing lines 3 to 5 (as replaced by the decision of the Senate on February 7, 2018) with the following:

(2) The corporation shall provide the information referred to in subsections (1) and (1.1) to each shareholder, except to a share-”, and

(iii) by replacing lines 7 to 9 (as replaced by the decision of the Senate on February 7, 2018) with the following:

“they do not want to receive that information, by sending the information along with the notice referred to in subsection 135(1) or by making the information available along with a proxy circular referred to in subsection 150(1).

(3) The corporation shall concurrently send the information referred to in subsections (1) and (1.1) to the Director in the form that the Director fixes and the Director shall file it.

(4) The Director shall, within three months after receiving it, provide the Minister with the information filed under subsection (3).

(5) The Minister shall prepare and cause to be laid before each House of Parliament, on any of the first 15 days on which that House is sitting after October 31, an annual report for the previous year containing an aggregate of the data from the information received under subsection (4). The Minister shall also, after it is tabled, make the report available to the public.”.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Plett, that further debate on the motion in amendment be adjourned until the next sitting.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Bills – Second Reading

Order No. 1 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Dean, seconded by the Honourable Senator Forest, for the second reading of Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts.

After debate,

Further debate on the motion was adjourned until the next sitting, in the name of the Honourable Senator Woo.

ADJOURNMENT

At 4 p.m., pursuant to the order adopted by the Senate on February 4, 2016, the Senate adjourned until 1:30 p.m., tomorrow.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

The Honourable Senator Brazeau replaced the Honourable Senator Boniface (February 14, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Bovey replaced the Honourable Senator Woo (February 14, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Eaton replaced the Honourable Senator Patterson (February 14, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Patterson replaced the Honourable Senator Eaton (February 14, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Martin replaced the Honourable Senator McIntyre (February 14, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Pate replaced the Honourable Senator Boniface (February 14, 2018).

Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (February 14, 2018).

Committee of Selection

The Honourable Senator Saint-Germain was added to the membership (February 14, 2018).

The Honourable Senator McPhedran was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (February 14, 2018).