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67 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2018, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 252 (Unrevised)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCormierCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDayDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDyckEatonForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionNeufeldNgoOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRavaliaRichardsSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmas*CordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDayDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDyckEatonForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncion*MunsonNeufeldNgo*OhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRavaliaRichardsSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSinclairSmithStewart 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

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, tabled the twenty-eighth report of the committee (Subject matter of Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2605S.

(Pursuant to the order adopted on November 7, 2018, the report was deemed referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting.)

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The Honourable Senator Andreychuk, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, tabled the twentieth report of the committee (Subject matter of Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2606S.

(Pursuant to the order adopted on November 7, 2018, the report was deemed referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting.)

Tabling of Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the Post-Election Seminar, held in Mombasa, Kenya, from March 4 to 8, 2018.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2607.

Report of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the Commonwealth Parliamentarians Forum, held in London, United Kingdom, from February 26 to March 1, 2018.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2608.

Report of the Canadian Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association respecting its participation at the Expert Committee Meeting on Status (EXCO), held in London, United Kingdom, from March 9 to 12, 2017.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2609.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Reports of Committees

Consideration of the seventeenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (Bill C-57, An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act, with amendments), presented in the Senate on November 26, 2018.

The Honourable Senator Galvez moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Black (Ontario), that the report be adopted.

After debate,

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

The Honourable Senator Galvez moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Black (Ontario), 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.

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 Christmas, seconded by the Honourable Senator Deacon (Ontario), for the second reading of Bill C-68, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence.

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. 5 and 6 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

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

Inquiries

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


Ordered : That Order No. 5, under Bills – Second Reading, be again called.

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Mitchell, seconded by the Honourable Senator Pratte, for the second reading of Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection 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.

Other Business

Bills – Messages from the House of Commons

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

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

Ordered, That consideration of Order No. 1 be postponed until the next sitting.

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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 Downe, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lovelace Nicholas, for the third reading of Bill S-243, An Act to amend the Canada Revenue Agency Act (reporting on unpaid income tax), as amended.

After debate,

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

The bill, as amended, was then read the third time.

Ordered, That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed this bill, to which it desires its concurrence.

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

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Cordy, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mercer, for the third reading of Bill S-248, An Act respecting National Physicians’ Day.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the third time.

Ordered, That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed this bill, to which it desires its concurrence.

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 Day, seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., for the second reading of Bill S-246, An Act to amend the Borrowing Authority Act.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Mercer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance.

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 Pate, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gold, for the second reading of Bill S-251, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (independence of the judiciary) and to make related amendments.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Pate moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

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

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Orders No. 7 to 9 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Second reading of Bill S-256, An Act respecting the development of a national framework for essential workforce skills.

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

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Gagné moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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 9 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.

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Omidvar, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gold:

That the report be not now adopted, but that it be further amended by replacing the words “the Senate develop a mission and purpose statement modeled” by the words “the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament develop and propose to the Senate a mission and purpose statement for the Senate modeled”.

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

The question being put 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 (Senate Modernization: Moving Forward (Nature)), it was adopted.

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Orders No. 50 and 100 and 101 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Orders No. 73, 89 and 146 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Merchant, seconded by the Honourable Senator Housakos:

That the Senate call upon the government of Canada:

(a) to recognize the genocide of the Pontic Greeks of 1916 to 1923 and to condemn any attempt to deny or distort a historical truth as being anything less than genocide, a crime against humanity; and

(b) to designate May 19th of every year hereafter throughout Canada as a day of remembrance of the over 353,000 Pontic Greeks who were killed or expelled from their homes.

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

BattersBeyakBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisEatonJoyalMacDonaldMaltaisMartinMcInnisMcIntyreMocklerNgoPattersonPlettPoirierSeidmanSmithTannasTkachuk—21

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBoehmBonifaceBoveyBoyerBussonCormierDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)DeanDowneDuffyForestForest-NiesingHarderHartlingLovelace NicholasManningMarshallMarwahMcCallumMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMoncionOmidvarPetitclercRavaliaVernerWallinWoo—32

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

Black (Ontario)DalphondDayDyckFrancisGagnéGreeneGriffinMassicotteNeufeldPratteRichardsSaint-GermainSimonsSinclairStewart Olsen—16

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Ringuette, seconded by the Honourable Senator McCoy:

That the Rules of the Senate be amended by:

1.replacing the period at the end of rule 12-7(16) by the following:

“; and

Human Resources

12-7. (17) the Standing Senate Committee on Human Resources, to which may be referred matters relating to human resources generally.”; and

2.updating all cross references in the Rules accordingly.

The Honourable Senator Dean moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, 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. 215, 245, 302, 310, 325, 328, 357 and 358, 371, 397, and 407 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Miville-Dechêne, seconded by the Honourable Senator Klyne:

That the Senate, in light of the decisions made by the Government of Ontario with respect to the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner and the Université de l’Ontario français:

1.reaffirm the importance of both official languages as the foundation of our federation;

2.remind the Government of Canada of its responsibility to defend and promote language rights, as expressed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Official Languages Act; and

3.urge the Government of Canada to take all necessary measures, within its jurisdiction, to ensure the vitality and development of official language minority communities.

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.

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 6:26 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 Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act, S.C. 2000, c. 17, sbs. 71(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2604.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Duffy replaced the Honourable Senator LaBoucane-Benson (November 27, 2018).

Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Senator Simons replaced the Honourable Senator Hartling (November 27, 2018).

Corrigendum

(Journals of the Senate of Monday, November 26, 2018)

Add the names of the Honourable Senators *Munson and *Oh to the list of Members in attendance to business.