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67 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2018, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 193 (Unrevised)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDayDeaconDoyleDuffyDupuisEatonEggletonFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOmidvarPatePetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasUngerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDayDeaconDoyleDuffyDupuis*DyckEatonEggletonFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOmidvarPatePetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasUngerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

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

The Senate observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team of Saskatchewan, which occurred on April 6, 2018.

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Tabling of Documents

The Honourable the Speaker tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for the year 2017, pursuant to the Canadian Human Rights Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. H-6, sbs. 61(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1941.

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

Charter Statement prepared by the Minister of Justice in relation to Bill C-75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1942.

Departmental Plans for 2018-19:

Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Canada Revenue Agency

Canada School of Public Service

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Grain Commission

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Human Rights Commission

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Canadian Space Agency

Canadian Transportation Agency

Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP

Copyright Board of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

Courts Administration Service

Department of Finance Canada

Department of Justice Canada

Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

Employment and Social Development Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Global Affairs Canada

Health Canada

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Infrastructure Canada

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Invest in Canada Hub

Library and Archives Canada

Military Grievances External Review Committee

Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada

National Battlefields Commission

National Energy Board

National Film Board

National Research Council of Canada

Natural Resources Canada

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Northern Pipeline Agency

Office of the Auditor General of Canada

Office of the Chief Electoral Officer

Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada

Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner

Office of the Correctional Investigator

Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada

Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada

Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

Parks Canada Agency

Parole Board of Canada

Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

Polar Knowledge Canada

Privy Council Office

Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Prosecution Service of Canada

Public Safety Canada

Public Service Commission of Canada

Public Services and Procurement Canada

RCMP External Review Committee

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Secretariat of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians

Security Intelligence Review Committee

Shared Services Canada

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Statistics Canada

Status of Women Canada

Transport Canada

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Review and Appeal Board

Western Economic Diversification Canada.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1943.

Main Estimates, for the year 2018-19, Parts I and II: The Government Expenditure Plan and Main Estimates.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1944.

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Galvez, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, informed the Senate that, pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on March 10, 2016, and March 29, 2018, the committee deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on April 3, 2018, its thirteenth report (interim) entitled Decarbonizing Heavy Industry.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1932S.

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The Honourable Senator Mockler, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance, presented the committee’s twenty-eighth report (Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration Act, without amendment).

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, that the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for third reading at the next sitting.

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

Notices of Motions

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Manning moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wells:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans have the power to meet on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., even though the Senate may then be sitting, and that rule 12-18(1) be suspended in relation thereto.

After debate,

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

Delayed Answers

Pursuant to rule 4-10(2), the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., tabled the following:

Reply to Question No. 70, dated February 6, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Seidman, regarding Health Canada’s consultation document Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis (Treasury Board).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1945S.

Reply to Question No. 70, dated February 6, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Seidman, regarding Health Canada’s consultation document Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis (Health Canada).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1946S.

Reply to Question No. 71, dated February 6, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Seidman, regarding the ongoing digital campaign about the health impacts of cannabis.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1947S.

Reply to Question No. 72, dated February 6, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Seidman, regarding the packaging and labelling proposals described in the Health Canada document entitled Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1948S.

Reply to Question No. 73, dated February 7, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Smith, regarding security and safety requirements of craft licenses with respect to Bill C-45.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1949S.

Reply to Question No. 78, dated February 8, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Downe, regarding the Canada Child Benefit.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1950S.

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

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on January 31, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Downe, concerning Senate vacancies.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1951S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 8, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning lobbying.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1952S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 8, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Downe, concerning Confederation Bridge — bridge tolls.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1953S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 14, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Maltais, concerning minority language rights.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1954S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 14, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning minority language rights.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1955S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 14, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Wallin, concerning RCMP vacancies.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1956S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 14, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Marshall, concerning funding for literacy programs.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1957S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 15, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Housakos, concerning the statistics of cannabis usage.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1958S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 28, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Housakos, concerning the Champlain Bridge.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1959S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 28, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning the 2018 budget.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1960S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 28, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Maltais, concerning the icebreaker fleet.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1961S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 28, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Doyle, concerning fishing quotas.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1962S.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Second 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 Ringuette, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cools, for the second reading of Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to 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.

Motions

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

Inquiries

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

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

Orders No. 1 to 4 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Senate Public Bills – Reports of Committees

Orders No. 1 to 3 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 3 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Ataullahjan, seconded by the Honourable Senator Andreychuk, for the second reading of Bill S-240, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs).

Debate.

Question Period

Pursuant to the order adopted on March 29, 2018, the Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Pursuant to the order adopted on December 10, 2015, the Honourable  Carla Qualtrough, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Services and Procurement, entered the Senate and took part in Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Ataullahjan, seconded by the Honourable Senator Andreychuk, for the second reading of Bill S-240, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs).

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Neufeld, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights.

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

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Orders No. 5 to 7 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Black (Alberta), seconded by the Honourable Senator Bovey, for the second reading of Bill S-245, An Act to declare the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project and related works to be for the general advantage of Canada.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Gold moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted on the following vote:

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBernardBlack (Ontario)BonifaceBoveyBoyerCampbellCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDayDuffyDupuisGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneHarderHartlingJafferLankinMarwahMassicotteMcPhedranMégieMercerMoncionMunsonOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRinguetteSaint-GermainSinclairWetstonWoo—38

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBattersBeyakBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisDoyleEatonFrumGriffinHousakosMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMcInnisMcIntyreMocklerNeufeldNgoPlettPoirierRaineRichardsSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasUngerWallinWells—32

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

Black (Alberta)Mitchell—2

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Order No. 9 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Second reading of Bill S-247, An Act to establish International Mother Language Day.

The Honourable Senator Jaffer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy, that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Omidvar moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gold, 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. 11 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1 to 4 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 1 and 5 to 7 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy, for the adoption of the tenth report (interim), as amended, of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization, entitled Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Nature), presented in the Senate on October 26, 2016.

The Honourable Senator Housakos moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Neufeld, 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. 10, 15, 29, 33, 50 to 52, 66, 75 and 76 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Consideration of the twenty-seventh report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance (Budget—study on federal estimates and on government finance generally —power to hire staff and to travel), presented in the Senate on March 29, 2018.

The Honourable Senator Mockler moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Andreychuk, that the report be adopted.

After debate,

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

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Consideration of the tenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (Budget—study on Maritime Search and Rescue activities, including current challenges and opportunities—power to hire staff and to travel), presented in the Senate on March 29, 2018.

The Honourable Senator Gold moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Moncion, that the report be adopted.

After debate,

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

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Order No. 79 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Consideration of the ninth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights (Budget—study on the issues relating to the human rights of prisoners in the correctional system—power to travel), presented in the Senate on March 29, 2018.

The Honourable Senator Bernard moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dupuis, that the report be adopted.

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, 302 and 309 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

Orders No. 8, 12 and 13 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Pate, calling the attention of the Senate to the circumstances of some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized in Canada, particularly the increasing over-representation of Indigenous women in Canadian prisons.

After debate,

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

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Orders No. 20, 24 to 26, 28, 32 and 33, 36 and 40 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

ADJOURNMENT

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mitchell:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 6:38 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)

Thirteenth report (interim) of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, entitled Decarbonizing Heavy Industry, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on April 3, 2018, pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on March 10, 2016 and March 29, 2018.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1932S.

Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2018-22 of Export Development Canada, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1933.

Report of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission, together with the Auditors’ Report, for the year ended December 31, 2017, pursuant to the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission Act, S.C. 1964-65, c. 19, s. 7.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1934.

Agreement for RCMP policing services made between Canada and the Town of Westlock, Alberta, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. R-10, sbs. 20(5).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1935.

Supplemental Agreement of the 2012 Canada-British Columbia Police Service Agreement, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. R-10, sbs. 20(5).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1936.

Report on the administration of student financial assistance programs for the loan year 2015-16, pursuant to the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act, S.C. 1994, c. 28, sbs. 20(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1937.

Summary of the Corporate Business Plan for 2018-19 to 2020-21 of the Canada Revenue Agency, pursuant to the Canada Revenue Agency Act, S.C. 1999, c. 17, sbs. 49(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1938.

Proposed Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, c. 27, sbs. 5(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1939.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2017-18 to 2021-22 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2017-18 to 2021-22 of The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1940.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

The Honourable Senator Martin replaced the Honourable Senator Raine (April 16, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Deacon replaced the Honourable Senator McCallum (April 16, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk replaced the Honourable Senator Oh (April 13, 2018).

Special Committee on the Arctic

The Honourable Senator Galvez replaced the Honourable Senator Deacon (April 17, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Deacon replaced the Honourable Senator Galvez (April 16, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk replaced the Honourable Senator Marshall (April 5, 2018).

Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector

The Honourable Senator Black (Ontario) was added to the membership (April 10, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Griffin was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (April 10, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Ngo replaced the Honourable Senator Patterson (April 17, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator MacDonald replaced the Honourable Senator Housakos (April 13, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Senator Cormier replaced the Honourable Senator Brazeau (April 10, 2018).

Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament

The Honourable Senator Moncion replaced the Honourable Senator Forest (April 13, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Campbell replaced the Honourable Senator Omidvar (April 17, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Omidvar replaced the Honourable Senator Campbell (April 17, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

The Honourable Senator McPhedran replaced the Honourable Senator Griffin (April 17, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Brazeau replaced the Honourable Senator Gold (April 17, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Gold replaced the Honourable Senator Brazeau (April 16, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Smith replaced the Honourable Senator Oh (April 16, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Griffin replaced the Honourable Senator McPhedran (April 10, 2018).

Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament

The Honourable Senator Maltais was added to the membership (April 12, 2018).

Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization

The Honourable Senator Deacon replaced the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C. (April 16, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Campbell replaced the Honourable Senator Dean (April 17, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Dean replaced the Honourable Senator Pratte (April 17, 2018).

The Honourable Senator McIntyre replaced the Honourable Senator Manning (April 16, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Raine replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (April 16, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Unger replaced the Honourable Senator Doyle (April 13, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Martin replaced the Honourable Senator Raine (April 13, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Pratte replaced the Honourable Senator Dean (April 10, 2018).