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68 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2019, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 266 (Unrevised)

Thursday, February 21, 2019
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAndreychukBattersBellemareBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Ontario)DeanDoyleDuffyDuncanDyckForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcIntyreMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNeufeldNgoOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukVernerWellsWetstonWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAndreychukBattersBellemareBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawson*DayDeacon (Ontario)Dean*DowneDoyleDuffyDuncanDyck*EatonForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcIntyreMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNeufeldNgoOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-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 Cordy, Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, tabled the seventeenth report (interim) of the committee, entitled An Ocean of Misery: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2761S.

The Honourable Senator Cordy moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mercer, 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.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Delayed Answers

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

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 4, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Smith, concerning cannabis—public education.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2762S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 24, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Smith, concerning greenhouse gas emissions.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2763S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on October 25, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Patterson, concerning telecommunications in northern communities.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2764S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 21, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning nuclear energy development.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2765S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 26, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Dasko, concerning Canada Post—public opinion research.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2766S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 27, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, concerning the export of pulse crops to India.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2767S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 3, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Martin, concerning refugees and asylum seekers.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2768S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 3, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Housakos, concerning Invest in Canada.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2769S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 6, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Wallin, concerning the summer jobs attestation.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2770S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 6, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., concerning the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2771S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on December 13, 2018 by the Honourable Senator Dalphond, concerning genetic non-discrimination.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2772S.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Messages from the House of Commons

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., 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 Plett 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 negatived on the following vote:

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBattersBeyakBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisDoyleFrumHousakosMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMcIntyreMocklerNeufeldNgoPattersonPlettPoirierSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukWells—26

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBellemareBlack (Ontario)BoehmBonifaceBoveyBoyerBussonCampbellCordyCormierCoyleDaskoDawsonDeacon (Ontario)DeanDuffyDuncanDyckForestForest-NiesingFrancisGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingJafferJoyalKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMoncionMoodieMunsonOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRavaliaRinguetteSaint-GermainSimonsVernerWetstonWoo—56

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

DalphondRichards—2

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., 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.

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

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBattersBeyakBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisFrumHousakosMacDonaldMarshallMartinMcIntyreMocklerNeufeldNgoPattersonPlettPoirierSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasWells—23

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBellemareBlack (Ontario)BoehmBonifaceBoveyBoyerBussonCampbellChristmasCormierCoyleDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Ontario)DeanDuffyDuncanDyckForest-NiesingFrancisGagnéGalvezGoldGriffinHarderHartlingJafferJoyalKlyneKutcherLankinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMoncionMoodieMunsonOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRavaliaRinguetteSimonsVernerWoo—53

ABSTENTION

The Honourable Senator

Greene—1

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., 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.

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.

Bills – Second Reading

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

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 22 to 28 and 30 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

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

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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.

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

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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.

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

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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.

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

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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.

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

o o o

Order No. 246 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

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

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, February 26, 2019, 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,

In amendment, the Honourable Senator Plett moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wells:

That the motion be not now adopted, but that it be amended in the second paragraph:

1.by replacing the words “Tuesday, February 26” by the words “Thursday, February 28”; and

2.by replacing the time “3:30 p.m.” everywhere it appears in the motion by “5 p.m.”.

After debate,

The question was put on the motion in amendment.

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.

o o o

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, February 26, 2019, at 2 p.m.

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

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

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

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

Commons Public Bills – Third Reading

Third reading of Bill C-243, An Act respecting the development of a national maternity assistance program strategy.

The Honourable Senator Mégie moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dasko, that the bill be read for a third time.

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.

Private Bills – Third Reading

Order No. 1 was 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.

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Bellemare, seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, for the second reading of Bill S-254, An Act to establish Promotion of Essential Skills Learning Week.

The Honourable Senator Gagné moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mitchell, 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. 5 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.

o o o

Pursuant to rule 3-3(1), the Speaker left the Chair to resume the same at 8 p.m.

The sitting resumed.

o o o

The Senate resumed 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.

The Honourable Senator Woo moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Saint-Germain:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 8:03 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 2 p.m.)

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

Government response to the twenty-fourth report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance, entitled Fair, Simple and Competitive Taxation: The Way Forward for Canada , deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on February 21, 2019.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2759S.

(Pursuant to rule 12-24(4), the report and the response were deemed referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance.)

Government response to the twenty-sixth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, entitled Breaking Down Barriers: A critical analysis of the Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Savings Plan, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on February 21, 2019.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2760S.

(Pursuant to rule 12-24(4), the report and the response were deemed referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.)


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce

The Honourable Senator Campbell replaced the Honourable Senator Duffy (February 21, 2019).

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (February 20, 2019).

Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

The Honourable Senator Plett replaced the Honourable Senator Patterson (February 21, 2019).

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

Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

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

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Miville-Dechêne replaced the Honourable Senator Dupuis (February 21, 2019).

The Honourable Senator Dalphond replaced the Honourable Senator Miville-Dechêne (February 21, 2019).

Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

The Honourable Senator Kutcher replaced the Honourable Senator Gold (February 21, 2019).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Eaton replaced the Honourable Senator Tannas (February 21, 2019).

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

The Honourable Senator Neufeld replaced the Honourable Senator Manning (February 20, 2019).