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68 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2019, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 300 (Unrevised)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBlack (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBussonCarignanChristmasCormierCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDoyleDuncanDupuisDyckEatonForestFrancisFureyGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJoyalKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSinclairSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBlack (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBussonCarignanChristmas*CordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawson*DayDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)Dean*DowneDoyleDuncanDupuisDyckEatonForestFrancisFureyGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJoyalKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionNeufeldNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-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

Tributes

Tribute was paid to the Honourable Senator Neufeld, who will retire from the Senate on November 6, 2019.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Tabling of Documents

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

Annual Report 2018-19 of the Taxpayers’ Ombudsman, entitled Breaking Down Barriers to Service. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-3102.

2015-16 Annual Report of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-3103.

Annual Report of the Implementation Committee on the Déline Final Self-Government Agreement, April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-3104.

Annual Report of the Implementation Committee on the Déline Final Self-Government Agreement, April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-3105.

Annual Report of the Implementation Committee of the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement, April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-3106.

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Patterson, Chair of the Special Committee on the Arctic, tabled the fourth report of the committee, entitled Northern Lights: A Wake-Up Call for the Future of Canada.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-3107S.

The Honourable Senator Patterson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Boisvenu, that the report be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration two days hence.

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

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The Honourable Senator Andreychuk, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, informed the Senate that, pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on October 26, 2017, May 28, 2019, and June 6, 2019, the committee deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on June 11, 2019, its twenty-sixth report entitled Cultural Diplomacy at the Front Stage of Canada’s Foreign Policy.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-3100S.

The Honourable Senator Andreychuk moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., 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.

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The Honourable Senator Dyck, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, presented the committee’s twentieth report (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, without amendment).

The Honourable Senator Sinclair moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marwah, 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 on the following vote:

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBellemareBlack (Ontario)BoehmBonifaceBoveyBoyerBussonChristmasCormierCoyleDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDuncanDupuisDyckForestFrancisGagnéGoldHarderHartlingJoyalKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLovelace NicholasMarwahMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMoncionOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRavaliaRinguetteSimonsSinclairWetston—49

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisEatonGriffinHousakosMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMcInnisMcIntyreMocklerNeufeldNgoOhPattersonPlettPoirierRichardsSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukWells—29

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

BernardGreeneSaint-GermainVernerWallinWoo—6

Notices of Motions

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mercer:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs be authorized to meet on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 4:15 p.m., for the purpose of its study on Bill C-78, An Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act, even though the Senate may then be sitting, and that the application of rule 12-18(1) be suspended in relation thereto.

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

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE

Pursuant to rule 13-4, the Honourable Senator Patterson raised a question of privilege concerning proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples earlier today.

Pursuant to rule 13-5(2), the Senate proceeded to the consideration of the question of privilege of the Honourable Senator Patterson.

After debate,

Pursuant to rule 13-5(2), the Speaker directed that further consideration of the question of privilege be delayed until the end of Orders of the Day, but no later than 8 p.m. today.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Reports of Committees

Consideration of the thirty-second report of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (Bill C-75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, with amendments and observations), presented in the Senate on June 4, 2019.

The Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mercer, that the report be adopted.

After debate,

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

The Honourable Senator Sinclair moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Marwah, 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.


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

The sitting resumed.

QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE

The Senate resumed consideration of the question of privilege, raised by the Honourable Patterson, concerning proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples earlier today.

After debate,

The Speaker reserved his decision.

QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE

Pursuant to rule 13-4, the Honourable Senator McPhedran raised a question of privilege concerning language used in social media.

Pursuant to rule 13-5(2), the Senate proceeded to the consideration of the question of privilege of the Honourable Senator McPhedran.

After debate,

The Speaker reserved his decision.

Government Business

Bills – Reports of Committees

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dean, for the adoption of the thirty-fifth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (Bill C-83, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act, with amendments and observations), presented in the Senate on May 30, 2019.

After debate,

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

The Honourable Senator Klyne moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Kutcher, 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

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Dean, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, for the second reading of Bill C-93, An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis.

After debate,

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBellemareBernardBlack (Ontario)BoehmBonifaceBoveyBussonCormierCoyleDalphondDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDuncanDupuisDyckForestFrancisGagnéGoldGriffinHarderHartlingJoyalKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLovelace NicholasMarwahMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMoncionOmidvarPetitclercPratteRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSimonsSinclairWoo—49

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukBattersBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisDoyleEatonHousakosMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMcInnisMcIntyreMocklerNeufeldNgoOhPattersonPlettPoirierSeidmanSmithTannasTkachukWells—26

ABSTENTION

The Honourable Senator

Stewart Olsen—1

Accordingly, Bill C-93 was read a second time.

The Honourable Senator Dean moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, 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.

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

A message was brought from the House of Commons in the following words:

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

ORDERED,—That a Message be sent to the Senate to acquaint Their Honours that, in relation to Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters, the House:

agrees with amendments 3 and 4 made by the Senate;

respectfully disagrees with amendment 1 made by the Senate because the intent of the legislation is to ensure ministerial responsibility and accountability, and the legislation provides that the Intelligence Commissioner must review whether or not the conclusions of the Minister of National Defence, when issuing a foreign intelligence authorization, are reasonable; additionally, subsection 20(1) already requires the Commissioner to provide the Minister with reasons for authorizing or rejecting a foreign intelligence authorization request;

respectfully disagrees with amendment 2 made by the Senate because it would limit the scope of subsection 83.221(1) and would create inconsistencies with the general counselling provisions contained in section 22 and paragraphs 464(a) and (b) of the Criminal Code.

 ATTEST

Charles Robert

The Clerk of the House of Commons

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mitchell, that the message be placed on the Orders of the Day for consideration at the next sitting.

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

Government Business

Bills – Third Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Woo, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gold, for the third reading of Bill C-48, An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along British Columbia’s north coast.

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.


Ordered, That all items on the Notice Paper be brought forward.

The Honourable Senator Cormier moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dean:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages be permitted, notwithstanding usual practices, to deposit with the Clerk of the Senate, no later than June 21, 2019, a final report relating to its study on modernizing the Official Languages Act, if the Senate is not then sitting, and that the report be deemed to have been tabled in the Senate.

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

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The Honourable Senator Mercer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C.:

That the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector be permitted, notwithstanding usual practices, to deposit with the Clerk of the Senate, no later than June 28, 2019, a final report relating to its study on the impact of federal and provincial laws and policies governing charities, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other similar groups; and the impact of the voluntary sector in Canada, if the Senate is not then sitting, and that the report be deemed to have been tabled in the Senate.

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

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

That the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology have the power to meet on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 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.

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

That the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry be permitted, notwithstanding usual practices, to deposit with the Clerk of the Senate, no later than July 26, 2019, a final report relating to its study on how the value-added food sector can be more competitive in global markets, if the Senate is not then sitting, and that the report be deemed to have been tabled in the Senate.

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

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The Honourable Senator Dyck moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lovelace Nicholas:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples have the power to meet on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, for the purpose of its study of Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, 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.

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 11:49 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)

Twenty-sixth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, entitled Cultural Diplomacy at the Front Stage of Canada’s Foreign Policy, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on June 11, 2019, pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on October 26, 2017, May 28, 2019, and June 6, 2019.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-3100S.

Report of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, together with the Auditors’ Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, pursuant to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board Act, S.C. 1999, c. 34, sbs. 48(3).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-3101.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector

The Honourable Senator Mockler was added to the membership (June 11, 2019).

Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

The Honourable Senator Boisvenu replaced the Honourable Senator Wells (June 11, 2019).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Omidvar replaced the Honourable Senator Forest-Niesing (June 11, 2019).

Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

The Honourable Senator Pratte replaced the Honourable Senator Miville-Dechêne (June 11, 2019).

Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament

The Honourable Senator Griffin replaced the Honourable Senator McCoy (June 11, 2019).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Kutcher replaced the Honourable Senator Dasko (June 11, 2019).

The Honourable Senator Boyer replaced the Honourable Senator Forest-Niesing (June 11, 2019).