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Journals of the Senate

68 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2019, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 265 (Revised)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAndreychukBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBlack (Alberta)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDaskoDawsonDeacon (Ontario)DeanDoyleDuffyDuncanDyckForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukVernerWellsWetstonWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAndreychukBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlackBlack (Alberta)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCoyleDagenais*DalphondDaskoDawson*Day*Deacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)Dean*DowneDoyleDuffyDuncanDyck*EatonForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukVernerWellsWetstonWoo

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 Bernard, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, tabled the sixteenth report (interim) of the committee, entitled Study on the Human Rights of Federally-Sentenced Persons: The Most Basic Human Right is to be Treated as a Human Being.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2748S.

The Honourable Senator Bernard moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Moodie, that the report be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting.

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

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Public Bills

The Honourable Senator Pate introduced Bill S-258, An Act to amend the Criminal Records Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Pate moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Christmas, 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.

Tabling of Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

The Honourable Senator Wells tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association respecting its mission to Romania, the next country to hold the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and its participation at the fourth part of the 2018 Ordinary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, held in Bucharest, Romania and Strasbourg, France, from October 8 to 18, 2018.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2749.

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The Honourable Senator Galvez tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Parliamentary Delegation respecting its participation at the ParlAmericas meeting on Transformational Leadership for Gender Equality in the Caribbean, held in Bridgetown, Barbados, on November 19 and 20, 2018.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2750.

Report of the Canadian Parliamentary Delegation respecting its participation at the 10th Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians on the International Criminal Court and the Rule of Law, and 40th Annual Forum of Parliamentarians for Global Action, held in Kiev, Ukraine, on November 16 and 17, 2018.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2751.

Report of the Canadian Parliamentary Delegation respecting its bilateral visit to Panama and its participation at the 3rd gathering of the ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network on Climate Change, held in Panama City, Panama, from October 1 to 5, 2018.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2752.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Delayed Answers

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

Reply to Question No. 109, dated September 18, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Downe, respecting Canadian Armed Forces enlistments.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2753S.

Reply to Question No. 110, dated October 23, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Boisvenu, respecting victims registered in the notification system of Correctional Service Canada.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2754S.

Reply to Question No. 111, dated October 23, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Pate, respecting the deaths of prisoners in a federal penitentiary.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2755S.

Reply to Question No. 113, dated December 12, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Boisvenu, respecting drug recognition experts at RCMP detachments.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2756S.

Reply to Question No. 114, dated December 12, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Boisvenu, respecting disciplinary offences committed and escapes between 2015-2018 in Correctional Service of Canada institutions.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2757S.

Reply to Question No. 115, dated December 12, 2018, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Boisvenu, respecting the list of provincial departments and ministers’ offices consulted prior to the tabling of Bill C-75.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2758S.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Messages from the House of Commons

Consideration of the message from the House of Commons concerning Bill C-57, An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act:

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

ORDERED,—That a Message be sent to the Senate to acquaint Their Honours that, in relation to Bill C-57, An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act, the House:

agrees with amendments 1 and 3 made by the Senate;

respectfully disagrees with amendment 2 because the amendment seeks to legislate employment matters which are beyond the policy intent of the bill, whose purpose is to make decision-making related to sustainable development more transparent and accountable to Parliament.

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

That the Senate do not insist on its amendment 2 to Bill C-57, An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act, to which the House of Commons has disagreed; and

That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that house accordingly.

After debate,

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

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

Bills – Second Reading

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

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 22 to 24 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Consideration of the eighteenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (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), tabled in the Senate on November 29, 2018.

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

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

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Orders No. 26 to 28 and 30 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Jaffer, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy:

That the following Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor General of Canada:

To His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY:

We, Her Majesty’s most loyal and dutiful subjects, the Senate of Canada in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Excellency for the gracious Speech which Your Excellency has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Bellemare 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.

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

That the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance be authorized to examine and report upon the expenditures set out in the Interim Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020, with the exception of Library of Parliament Vote 1; and

That, for the purpose of this study, the committee have the power to meet even though the Senate may then be sitting, and that rule 12-18(1) be suspended in relation thereto.

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

That the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament be authorized to examine and report upon the expenditures set out in Library of Parliament Vote 1 of the Interim Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020; and

That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that house accordingly.

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, on division.

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

That the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance be authorized to examine and report upon the expenditures set out in the Supplementary Estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, with the exception of Library of Parliament Vote 1b; and

That, for the purpose of this study, the committee have the power to sit, even though the Senate may then be sitting, and that rule 12-18(1) be suspended in relation thereto.

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

That the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament be authorized to examine and report upon the expenditures set out in Library of Parliament Vote 1b of the Supplementary Estimates (B) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019; and

That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that house accordingly.

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.

Inquiries

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

Other Business

Bills – Messages from the House of Commons

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Seidman, seconded by the Honourable Senator Boisvenu:

That the Senate agree to the amendments made by the House of Commons to Bill S-228, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children); and

That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that house accordingly.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Omidvar moved, for the Honourable Senator Black (Alberta), 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.

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-391, An Act respecting a national strategy for the repatriation of Indigenous human remains and cultural property, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

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

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

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

Commons Public Bills – Third Reading

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

Private Bills – Third Reading

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

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

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

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Sinclair, seconded by the Honourable Senator Pratte, for the second reading of Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Debate.

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.

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

Notice of opinion concerning Regulations Amending the Firearms Marking Regulations (SOR/2018-239), pursuant to the Firearms Act, S.C. 1995, c. 39, sbs. 119(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2743.

Management Plan for Rouge National Urban Park, pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S.C. 1998, c. 31, sbs. 32(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2744.

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. 1/42-2745.

Report on the administration and enforcement of the Energy Efficiency Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, pursuant to the Act, S.C. 1992, c. 36, s. 36.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2746.

Report of the Northern Pipeline Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, pursuant to the Northern Pipeline Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. N-26, ss. 13 and 14.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2747.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Deacon (Nova Scotia) replaced the Honourable Senator Ravalia (February 20, 2019).

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Wallin replaced the Honourable Senator Campbell (February 20, 2019).

The Honourable Senator Griffin replaced the Honourable Senator Deacon (Nova Scotia) (February 20, 2019).

The Honourable Senator Campbell replaced the Honourable Senator Wallin (February 20, 2019).

The Honourable Senator Duffy replaced the Honourable Senator Ringuette (February 20, 2019).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Miville-Dechêne replaced the Honourable Senator Dalphond (February 20, 2019).

The Honourable Senator Pate replaced the Honourable Senator Boniface (February 20, 2019).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Wells replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (February 20, 2019).

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