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67 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2018, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 195 (Unrevised)

Thursday, April 19, 2018
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoisvenuBoveyBoyerBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDawsonDayDeaconDoyleDuffyDupuisEatonEggletonFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoisvenuBoveyBoyerBrazeauCampbellCarignanCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDawsonDayDeaconDoyleDuffyDupuis*DyckEatonEggletonFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRaineRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

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 Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

The Honourable Senator Andreychuk tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association respecting its bilateral mission to Khartoum and El Fasher, Republic of Sudan, from January 15 to 17, 2018.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1988.

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

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

Motions

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

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

That, in order to allow the Senate to receive a Minister of the Crown during Question Period as authorized by the Senate on December 10, 2015, and notwithstanding rule 4-7, when the Senate sits on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Question Period shall begin at 3:30 p.m., with any proceedings then before the Senate being interrupted until the end of Question Period, which shall last a maximum of 40 minutes;

That, if a standing vote would conflict with the holding of Question Period at 3:30 p.m. on that day, the vote be postponed until immediately after the conclusion of Question Period;

That, if the bells are ringing for a vote at 3:30 p.m. on that day, they be interrupted for Question Period at that time, and resume thereafter for the balance of any time remaining; and

That, if the Senate concludes its business before 3:30 p.m. on that day, the sitting be suspended until that time for the purpose of holding Question Period.

After debate,

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

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

That, when the Senate next adjourns after the adoption of this motion, it do stand adjourned until Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 2 p.m.

After debate,

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

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

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

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The order was called for resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., for the adoption of the twenty-second report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (Bill S-234, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Artist Laureate), with amendments), presented in the Senate on December 14, 2017.

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

The Honourable Senator Bovey moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator McPhedran, that the bill, as amended, 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.

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The order was called for resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Stewart Olsen, seconded by the Honourable Senator Eaton, for the adoption of the twentieth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce (Bill S-237, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal interest rate), with amendments), presented in the Senate on February 13, 2018.

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

The Honourable Senator Ringuette moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bovey, that the bill, as amended, 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.

Senate Public 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 Patterson, seconded by the Honourable Senator Enverga, for the second reading of Bill S-221, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Property qualifications of Senators).

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.

o o o

Orders No. 3 to 9 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Second reading of Bill S-248, An Act respecting National Physicians’ Day.

The Honourable Senator Eggleton, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

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

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

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, 5 to 8, 10 and 15 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Order No. 29 (Tenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence) was called and, pursuant to rule 4-15(2), dropped from the Order Paper and Notice Paper.

o o o

Order No. 33 (Eleventh report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence) was called and, pursuant to rule 4-15(2), dropped from the Order Paper and Notice Paper.

o o o

Orders No. 50 and 51 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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The order was called for resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Mockler, seconded by the Honourable Senator Raine:

That the twentieth report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance entitled Smarter Planning, Smarter Spending: Ensuring Transparency, Accountability and Predictability in Federal Infrastructure Programs, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on July 6, 2017 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 Infrastructure and Communities being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report.

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

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Orders No. 66 and 75 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Consideration of the tenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, entitled A Growing Concern: How to Keep Farmland in the Hands of Canadian Farmers, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on March 9, 2018.

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

That the tenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, entitled A Growing Concern: How to Keep Farmland in the Hands of Canadian Farmers, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on March 9, 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 Agriculture and Agri-Food being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report, in consultation with the Ministers of Finance, Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Natural Resources.

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.

Motions

Orders No. 31, 73 and 89 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Ngo, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cowan:

That the Senate note with concern the escalating and hostile behaviour exhibited by the People’s Republic of China in the South China Sea and consequently urge the Government of Canada to encourage all parties involved, and in particular the People’s Republic of China, to:

(a) recognize and uphold the rights of freedom of navigation and overflight as enshrined in customary international law and in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea;

(b) cease all activities that would complicate or escalate the disputes, such as the construction of artificial islands, land reclamation, and further militarization of the region;

(c) abide by all previous multilateral efforts to resolve the disputes and commit to the successful implementation of a binding Code of Conduct in the South China Sea;

(d) commit to finding a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the disputes in line with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and respect the settlements reached through international arbitration; and

(e) strengthen efforts to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of the disputes upon the fragile ecosystem of the South China Sea;

That the Senate also urge the Government of Canada to support its regional partners and allies and to take additional steps necessary to de-escalate tensions and restore the peace and stability of the region; and

That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint it with the foregoing.

After debate,

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

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

Black (Ontario)BoveyBoyerBrazeauCampbellCoolsCordyCoyleDayDuffyDupuisEggletonGagnéGoldHartlingJafferJoyalLovelace NicholasMarwahMcCoyMégieMoncionOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRinguetteSaint-GermainSinclairWetstonWoo—31

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBattersBellemareBeyakBlack (Alberta)BoisvenuCarignanDagenaisDoyleEatonGriffinHarderHousakosMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMassicotteMcIntyreMitchellMocklerNeufeldNgoPattersonPlettPoirierRaineRichardsSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukWellsWhite—36

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

BernardDeaconMcPhedran—3

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Ngo, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cowan:

That the Senate note with concern the escalating and hostile behaviour exhibited by the People’s Republic of China in the South China Sea and consequently urge the Government of Canada to encourage all parties involved, and in particular the People’s Republic of China, to:

(a) recognize and uphold the rights of freedom of navigation and overflight as enshrined in customary international law and in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea;

(b) cease all activities that would complicate or escalate the disputes, such as the construction of artificial islands, land reclamation, and further militarization of the region;

(c) abide by all previous multilateral efforts to resolve the disputes and commit to the successful implementation of a binding Code of Conduct in the South China Sea;

(d) commit to finding a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the disputes in line with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and respect the settlements reached through international arbitration; and

(e) strengthen efforts to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of the disputes upon the fragile ecosystem of the South China Sea;

That the Senate also urge the Government of Canada to support its regional partners and allies and to take additional steps necessary to de-escalate tensions and restore the peace and stability of the region; and

That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint it with the foregoing.

The question was put on the motion.

Pursuant to rule 9-10(2), a standing vote was deferred until 5:30 p.m. at the next sitting, with the bells to sound at 5:15 p.m. for fifteen minutes.

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Order No. 139 was called and, pursuant to rule 4-15(2), dropped from the Order Paper and Notice Paper.

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Orders No. 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, 19 and 20, 24 to 26, 28, 32 and 33, 36 and 40 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

MOTIONS

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

That the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry have the power to meet on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 5 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.

ADJOURNMENT

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

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 4:02 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 2 p.m.)

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

Report of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1963.

Report of the Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces, for the year 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1964.

Report of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1965.

Report of the Communications Security Establishment for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1966.

Report of the National Energy Board for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1967.

Report of the National Film Board of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1968.

Report of the National Research Council of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1969.

Report of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1970.

Report of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1971.

Report of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1972.

Report of the Statistical Survey Operations for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1973.

Report on the Administration of the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. M-5, s. 67.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1974.

Report on the Public Service Pension Plan, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Public Service Superannuation Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-36, s. 46.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1975.

Report of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1976.

Report on Employment Equity in the Federal Public Service for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1977.

Report on the Administration of the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. S-24, s. 12.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1978.

Report of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1979.

Report of the Canada Revenue Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1980.

Report of the Parks Canada Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1981.

Report of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1982.

Report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1983.

Report of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for the year 2016, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1984.

Report of the Canadian Armed Forces for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1985.

Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2018-19 of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, pursuant to the Physical Activity and Sport Act, S.C. 2003, c. 2, sbs. 32(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1986.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Account, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. R-11, s. 31.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-1987.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

The Honourable Senator McCallum replaced the Honourable Senator Black (Ontario) (April 19, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Oh replaced the Honourable Senator Tkachuk (April 18, 2018).

Special Committee on the Arctic

The Honourable Senator Jaffer replaced the Honourable Senator Day (April 19, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Dagenais replaced the Honourable Senator Maltais (April 19, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Maltais replaced the Honourable Senator Dagenais (April 19, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

The Honourable Senator Housakos replaced the Honourable Senator MacDonald (April 19, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Senator Brazeau replaced the Honourable Senator Cormier (April 19, 2018).

Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization

The Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Deacon (April 19, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Dean replaced the Honourable Senator Black (Ontario) (April 19, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Wells replaced the Honourable Senator Tkachuk (April 18, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Doyle replaced the Honourable Senator Mockler (April 19, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Raine replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (April 19, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Martin replaced the Honourable Senator Raine (April 19, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Mockler replaced the Honourable Senator Doyle (April 19, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Bernard replaced the Honourable Senator Galvez (April 19, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Doyle replaced the Honourable Senator Marshall (April 19, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Raine replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (April 19, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Martin replaced the Honourable Senator Raine (April 18, 2018).