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68 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2019, Canada

1st Session, 43rd Parliament

Issue 2 (Unrevised)

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)BoehmBoveyBoyerBussonCarignanCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDawsonDayDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDoyleDuffyDuncanDupuisDyckForestFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOmidvarPatePetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSinclairSmithTannasTkachukVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Boehm*Boisvenu*BonifaceBoveyBoyerBussonCarignanCordyCormierCoyleDagenais*DalphondDawsonDayDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDoyleDuffyDuncanDupuisDyckForest*Forest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCoyMcInnisMégieMercerMitchellMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgo*OhOmidvarPatePetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSinclairSmithTannasTkachukVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

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 Documents

The Honourable the Speaker tabled the following:

Report of the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled Economic and Fiscal Outlook — November 2019, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-5.

Annual report of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, pursuant to the Privacy Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-21, s. 38 and to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, S.C. 2000, c. 5, s. 25.—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-6.

Fall 2019 reports of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development to the Parliament of Canada, pursuant to the Auditor General Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. A-17, sbs. 23(5).—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-7.

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

2017-18 Annual Report of the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime.—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-8.

Report of the Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission of October 28, 2019, pursuant to the Judges Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. J-1, sbs. 26(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-9.

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Public Bills

The Honourable Senator Day introduced Bill S-201, An Act to amend the Borrowing Authority Act.

The bill was read the first time.

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

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The Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., introduced Bill S-202, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy).

The bill was read the first time.

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

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The Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., introduced Bill S-203, An Act to amend the National Capital Act (buildings or works of national significance).

The bill was read the first time.

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

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The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan introduced Bill S-204, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs).

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Housakos, 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 Day tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association, Defence and Security Committee Meeting, Hawaii, United States of America, March 19 to 21, 2019.—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-10.

Report of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association, Meeting of the Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities, Beijing and Shanghai, China, June 10 to 14, 2019.—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-11.

Report of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association, Joint Meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council, the Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships and the Officers of the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security, Lviv, Ukraine, June 24 and 25, 2019.—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-12.

Report of the Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association, 65th Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, London, United Kingdom, October 11 to 14, 2019.—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-13.

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The Honourable Senator Mercer tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, 28th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, July 4 to 8, 2019.—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-14.

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The Honourable Senator Plett tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Parliamentary Election Observation Mission, Kyiv, Ukraine, July 21, 2019.—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-15.

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The Honourable Senator Saint-Germain tabled the following:

Report of the Canadian Section of ParlAmericas, 11th Gathering of ParlAmericas Gender Equality Network and the 48th Meeting of the Board of Directors of ParlAmericas, Mexico City, Mexico, June 18 to 20, 2019.—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-16.

Notices of Motions

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senators Plett, Woo, Tannas and Day:

That, notwithstanding rule 12-27(1) and subsections 35(4), (5) and (8) of the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators, the Honourable Senators Joyal, P.C., Patterson, Seidman, Sinclair and Wetston be appointed to serve on the Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators, until such time as a motion pursuant to rule 12-27(1) is adopted by the Senate or the Senate otherwise replaces the membership of the committee; and

That, notwithstanding rule 12-27(1), for the duration of the membership of the committee pursuant to this order, when a vacancy occurs in the membership of the committee, the replacement member be appointed by order of the Senate.

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

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With leave of the Senate,

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

That the Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators be authorized to examine and report on developments and actions in relation to the committee’s fifth report from the first session of the Forty-second Parliament, since the adoption of that report by the Senate on May 9, 2019, as well as any additional measures relating thereto that it considers appropriate;

That the papers and evidence received and taken and work accomplished by the committee in relation to the report, as well as documents relating to the inquiry report on the Honourable Senator Beyak, during the Forty-second Parliament be referred to the committee for the purposes of this study;

That, notwithstanding the provisions of rule 12-28 and any provisions of the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators, the committee be empowered to authorize the attendance and participation of the Honourable Senator Beyak in its work on this study;

That the committee present an interim report on this study no later than January 31, 2020, and its final report no later than June 30, 2020; and

That, for greater certainty, if, as a result of this study, the committee makes a report concerning the Honourable Senator Beyak, that report be dealt with pursuant to the provisions of rule 12-30, provided that, notwithstanding rules 4-13 and 4-14, it be the first item on the Orders of the Day.

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

Tabling of Petitions

The Honourable Senator Jaffer tabled the following petition:

Of Girl Guides of Canada, of the City of Toronto, in the Province of Ontario; praying for the passage of a private Act to replace its Act of incorporation with a new Act that continues the corporation and makes changes relating to its administration.—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-17S.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Motions

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

ADJOURNMENT

The Honourable Senator Mitchell moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Sinclair:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 3:29 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 on the Application for Ministerial Review — Miscarriages of Justice for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, pursuant to the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46, s. 696.5.—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-2.

Report on the Marine Liability Act (Part 5, Liability for the Carriage of Goods by Water), pursuant to the Act, S.C. 2001, c. 6, s. 44.—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-3.

Actuarial Report on the Employment Insurance Premium Rate, together with the Summary, for the year 2020, pursuant to the Employment Insurance Act, S.C. 1996, c. 23, sbs. 66.31(1).—Sessional Paper No. 1/43-4.


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator MacDonald replaced the Honourable Senator Housakos (December 5, 2019).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Klyne replaced the Honourable Senator Duffy (December 10, 2019).

The Honourable Senator Loffreda replaced the Honourable Senator Forest-Niesing (December 9, 2019).

The Honourable Senator Duffy replaced the Honourable Senator Klyne (December 9, 2019).

The Honourable Senator Tkachuk replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (December 6, 2019).

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