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67 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2018, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 184 (Unrevised)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Centre Wellington)BoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDupuisDyckEatonEggletonForestFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMaltaisMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPoirierPratteRichardsSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukUngerWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Centre Wellington)BoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBrazeauCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDawsonDayDeanDowneDoyleDupuisDyckEatonEggletonForestFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJoyalLankinLovelace Nicholas*MacDonaldMaltais*ManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncion*MunsonNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPoirierPratte*RaineRichardsSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukUngerWattWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

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

INTRODUCTION OF SENATORS

The Honourable the Speaker informed the Senate that the Clerk of the Senate had received a certificate from the Registrar General of Canada showing that Robert (Rob) Black had been summoned to the Senate.

The Honourable the Speaker informed the Senate that there was a senator without waiting to be introduced.

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The Honourable Senator Black (Centre Wellington) was introduced between the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., and the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., and having presented Her Majesty’s Writ of Summons it was read by one of the clerks at the table as follows:

CANADA

Julie Payette

(G.S.)

Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.

TO

Our Trusty and Well-beloved,

ROBERT (ROB) BLACK

of Centre Wellington, in the Province of Ontario,

GREETING:

KNOW YOU, that as well for the especial trust and confidence We have manifested in you, as for the purpose of obtaining your advice and assistance in all weighty and arduous affairs which may the State and Defence of Canada concern, We have thought fit to summon you to the Senate of Canada.

AND WE do command you, that all difficulties and excuses whatsoever laying aside, you be and appear for the purposes aforesaid, in the Senate of Canada at all times whensoever and wheresoever Our Parliament may be in Canada convoked and holden, and this you are in no wise to omit.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed.

WITNESS:

Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Julie Payette, Chancellor and Principal Companion of Our Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of Our Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

AT OUR GOVERNMENT HOUSE, in Our City of Ottawa, this fifteenth day of February in the year of Our Lord two thousand and eighteen and in the sixty-seventh year of Our Reign.

BY COMMAND,

N. BAINS

Registrar General of Canada

The Honourable Senator Black (Centre Wellington) came to the table and took and subscribed the oath prescribed by law, which was administered by the Clerk of the Senate, the Commissioner appointed for that purpose, and took his seat as a member of the Senate.

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The Honourable the Speaker informed the Senate that the honourable senator introduced today had made and subscribed the Declaration of Qualification required of him by the Constitution Act, 1867, in the presence of the Clerk of the Senate, the Commissioner appointed to receive and witness same.

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Cormier, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages, informed the Senate that, pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on April 6, 2017, and February 15, 2018, the committee deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on February 16, 2018, its seventh report (interim) entitled Modernizing the Official Languages Act - The Views of Young Canadians.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1863S.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Third Reading

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

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,

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

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

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Orders No. 3 to 5 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Cormier, seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, for the second reading of Bill C-66, An Act to establish a procedure for expunging certain historically unjust convictions and to make related amendments to other Acts.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator McPhedran moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator McCallum, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

Motions

Orders No. 1 and 166 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Order No. 2 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

Orders No. 1 and 2 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, seconded by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., for the third reading of Bill S-219, An Act to deter Iran-sponsored terrorism, incitement to hatred, and human rights violations.

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

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

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Order No. 4 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Senate Public Bills – Reports of Committees

Order No. 1 to 3 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 8 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator White, seconded by the Honourable Senator Enverga, for the second reading of Bill C-211, An Act respecting a federal framework on post-traumatic stress disorder.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator McPhedran moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Coyle, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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Order No. 2 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Dawson, seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., for the second reading of Bill C-309, An Act to establish Gender Equality Week.

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

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

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Order No. 4 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 1 and 5 to 8 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator MacDonald, seconded by the Honourable Senator Patterson:

That the sixth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, entitled Pipelines for Oil: Protecting our Economy, Respecting our Environment, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on December 7, 2016 be adopted and that, pursuant to rule 12-24(1), the Senate request a complete and detailed response from the government, with the Minister of Natural Resources being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report, in consultation with the Ministers of Transport and Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Day moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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Orders No. 15, 29, 33, 50 to 52, 64 and 66 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Consideration of the ninth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, entitled Driving Change: Technology and the Future of the Automated Vehicle, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on January 29, 2018.

The Honourable Senator Dawson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C.:

That the ninth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications, entitled Driving Change: Technology and the Future of the Automated Vehicle, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on January 29, 2018, be adopted and that, pursuant to rule 12-24(1), the Senate request a complete and detailed response from the government, with the Minister of Transport being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report, in consultation with the following Ministers:

(a)Innovation, Science and Economic Development;

(b)National Defence;

(c)Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; and

(d)Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

After debate,

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

Motions

Orders No. 31, 73, 89, 92, 139, 146, 158, 189, 215, 245, 286, 292 and 302 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, calling the attention of the Senate to the Senate’s legislative work from the 24th to the 41st Parliament and on elements of evaluation.

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, for the Honourable Senator Andreychuk, seconded by the Honourable Senator Smith, that further debate on the inquiry be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Seidman, calling the attention of the Senate to its role in the protection of regional and minority representation.

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Smith, that further debate on the inquiry be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, calling the attention of the Senate to the relevance of full employment in the 21st century in a Globalized economy.

The Honourable Senator Omidvar moved, for the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, that further debate on the inquiry be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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Orders No. 19 and 20, 24 to 26, 28, 31 to 33 and 35 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

The Honourable Senator Griffin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Forest:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, in accordance with rule 12-7(10), be authorized to examine and report on such issues as may arise from time to time relating to agriculture and forestry; and

That the committee report to the Senate no later than June 30, 2019.

After debate,

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

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

INQUIRIES

The Honourable Senator Bellemare called the attention of the Senate to the challenges of literacy and essential skills for the 21st century in Canada, the provinces and the territories.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Gagné moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Omidvar, that further debate on the inquiry be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

ADJOURNMENT

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C.:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 5:45 p.m., the Senate was continued until tomorrow at 2 p.m.)

DOCUMENTS DEPOSITED WITH THE CLERK OF THE SENATE PURSUANT TO RULE 14-1(7)

Report of the Commissioner of Competition for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Competition Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-34, s. 127.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1876.

List of Commissions issued for the year 2017, pursuant to the Public Officers Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-31, s. 4.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1877.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

The Honourable Senator Coyle replaced the Honourable Senator Boniface (February 27, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Gold replaced the Honourable Senator Woo (February 27, 2018).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Housakos replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (February 27, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Pate replaced the Honourable Senator Sinclair (February 27, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Ngo replaced the Honourable Senator Neufeld (February 27, 2018).

Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament

The Honourable Senator Ringuette replaced the Honourable Senator Mégie (February 27, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Mégie replaced the Honourable Senator Ringuette (February 27, 2018).

Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization

The Honourable Senator Neufeld replaced the Honourable Senator Maltais (February 27, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Gold replaced the Honourable Senator Verner, P.C. (February 27, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Maltais replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (February 27, 2018).