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69 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2020, Canada

2nd Session, 43rd Parliament

Issue 19 (Unrevised)

Thursday, December 10, 2020
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKeatingKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKeatingKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

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 Housakos tabled the following (Sessional Paper No. 2/43-494S):

December 10, 2020

The Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament has the honour to table its

FIRST REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate to incur expenses for the purpose of its examination and consideration of such matters as were referred to it, tables, pursuant to rule 12-26(2), the following report on expenses incurred for that purpose during the First Session of the Forty-second Parliament:

1.With respect to its consideration of the orders and practices of the Senate and the privileges of Parliament, pursuant to rule 12-7(2)(c):

Witness Expenses $ 3,264

During the session, your committee held 54 meetings (59 hours 26 minutes), heard 23 witnesses and submitted 11 reports in relation to its work. Your committee received a total of 10 orders of reference.

During the First Session of the Forty-third Parliament the committee was not created and therefore did not incur any expenses.

Respectfully submitted,

LEO HOUSAKOS

Chair

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The Honourable Senator Manning tabled the following (Sessional Paper No. 2/43-495S):

Thursday, December 10, 2020

The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans has the honour to table its

FIRST REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate to incur expenses for the purpose of its examination and consideration of such matters as were referred to it, tables, pursuant to rule 12-26(2), the following report on expenses incurred for that purpose during the First Session of the Forty-second Parliament:

1. Witness Expenses $ 57,442

 2.With respect to its special study on maritime search and rescue, including current challenges and opportunities, authorized by the Senate on Wednesday, April 14, 2016 (final report tabled November 2018):

General Expenses $ 229,969

During the session, your committee held 92 meetings (135 hours), heard 262 witnesses and submitted 13 reports in relation to its work. Your committee examined five bills and received a total of 11 orders of reference.

During the First Session of the Forty-third Parliament the committee was not created and therefore did not incur any expenses.

Respectfully submitted,

FABIAN MANNING

Chair

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The Honourable Senator Petitclerc tabled the following (Sessional Paper No. 2/43-496S):

Thursday, December 10, 2020

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology has the honour to table its

FIRST REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate to incur expenses for the purpose of its examination and consideration of such matters as were referred to it, tables, pursuant to rule 12-26(2), the following report on expenses incurred for that purpose during the First Session of the Forty-second Parliament:

1. Witness Expenses $ 189,912

 2.With respect to its special study on the issue of dementia in our society, authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (final report tabled November 2016):

General Expenses $ 4,408

 3.With respect to its special study on the role of robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence in the healthcare system, authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, October 25, 2016:

Travel Expenses $ 591

During the First Session of the Forty-second Parliament, your committee held 148 meetings (247 hours 56 minutes), heard 608 witnesses and submitted 37 reports in relation to its work. Your committee examined 23 bills, the subject-matter of five budget bills and received a total of 41 orders of reference.

During the First Session of the Forty-third Parliament the committee did not incur any expenses. It held 8 meetings (31 hours 14 minutes), heard 48 witnesses and submitted one report in relation to its work. Your committee received one order of reference.

Respectfully submitted,

CHANTAL PETITCLERC

Chair

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The Honourable Senator Jaffer, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, tabled the second report (interim) of the committee (Subject matter of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying)).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-497S.

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

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Gagné, seconded by the Honourable Senator LaBoucane-Benson, for the second reading of Bill C-17, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Pate, seconded by the Honourable Senator McPhedran:

That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following therefor:

“Bill C-17, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, be not now read a second time because the Senate is of the view that it does not include sufficient expenditure to reduce the effects of poverty in Canada, which is currently experienced by more than three and a half million people whose lives have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including high infection rates and ensuing serious illness and death.”.

After debate,

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

McPhedranPate—2

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingJafferKeatingKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo—84

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

Nil

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Gold, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, 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.

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Gagné, seconded by the Honourable Senator LaBoucane-Benson, for the second reading of Bill C-17, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)BoehmBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingJafferKeatingKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMoncionMoodieMunsonOmidvarPetitclercRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSimonsTannasVernerWallinWetstonWoo—64

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBattersBeyakBoisvenuCarignanFrumHousakosMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMocklerNgoOhPattersonPlettPoirierSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenWells—21

ABSTENTION

The Honourable Senator

Pate—1

Accordingly, Bill C-17 was read a second time.

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Gagné moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gold, P.C., that the bill be read for a third time.

Debate.


Pursuant to rule 3-3(1) and the order adopted by the Senate on October 27, 2020, the Speaker left the Chair to resume the same at 7 p.m.

The sitting resumed.


The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Gagné, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gold, P.C., for the third reading of Bill C-17, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed this bill, without amendment.

Bills – Third Reading

Third reading of Bill C-16, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.

The Honourable Senator Gagné moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator LaBoucane-Benson, that the bill be read for a third time.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the third time and passed.

Ordered, That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed this bill, without amendment.

Motions

The Honourable Senator Gagné moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator LaBoucane-Benson:

That, pursuant to section 3 of the Statutes Repeal Act, S.C. 2008, c. 20, the Senate resolve that the Act and the provisions of the other Acts listed below, which have not come into force in the period since their adoption, not be repealed:

1.Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, R.S., c. 33 (2nd Supp):

-Part II;

2.Contraventions Act, S.C. 1992, c. 47:

-paragraph 8(1)(d), sections 9, 10 and 12 to 16, subsections 17(1) to (3), sections 18 and 19, subsection 21(1) and sections 22, 23, 25, 26, 28 to 38, 40, 41, 44 to 47, 50 to 53, 56, 57, 60 to 62, 84 (in respect of the following sections of the schedule: 2.1, 2.2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 7.1, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 16) and 85;

3. Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Implementation Act, S.C. 1998, c. 32;

4.Public Sector Pension Investment Board Act, S.C. 1999, c. 34:

-sections 155, 157, 158 and 160, subsections 161(1) and (4) and section 168;

5.Modernization of Benefits and Obligations Act, S.C. 2000, c. 12:

-subsections 107(1) and (3) and section 109;

6.Yukon Act, S.C. 2002, c. 7:

-sections 70 to 75 and 77, subsection 117(2) and sections 167, 168, 210, 211, 221, 227, 233 and 283;

7.An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, S.C. 2003, c. 26:

-sections 4 and 5, subsection 13(3), section 21, subsections 26(1) to (3) and sections 30, 32, 34, 36 (with respect to section 81 of the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act), 42 and 43;

8. Budget Implementation Act, 2005, S.C. 2005, c. 30:

-Part 18 other than section 125;

9.An Act to amend certain Acts in relation to financial institutions, S.C. 2005, c. 54:

-subsection 27(2), section 102, subsections 239(2), 322(2) and 392(2);

10.An Act to amend the law governing financial institutions and to provide for related and consequential matters, S.C. 2007, c. 6:

-section 28, subsections 30(1) and (3), 88(1) and (3) and 164(1) and (3) and section 362;

11.Budget Implementation Act, 2008, S.C. 2008, c. 28:

-sections 150 and 162;

12.Budget Implementation Act, 2009, S.C. 2009, c. 2:

-sections 394, 399 and 401 to 404;

13.An Act to amend the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992, S.C. 2009, c. 9:

-section 5;

14.Payment Card Networks Act, S.C. 2010, c. 12, s. 1834:

-sections 6 and 7; and

15.An Act to promote the Efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act, 2010, c. 23:

-sections 47 to 51 and 55, 68, subsection 89(2) and section 90.

After debate,

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


With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Gagné moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator LaBoucane-Benson:

That, when the Senate next adjourns after the adoption of this motion, it do stand adjourned until Monday, December 14, 2020, at 6 p.m.

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

Bills – Second Reading

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

Motions

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

Other Business

Ordered, That motion No. 53 standing in the name of the Honourable Senator Mercer on the Notice Paper, and Order No. 7 under OTHER BUSINESS, Reports of Committees – Other, be brought forward.

The Honourable Senator Mercer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dalphond:

That, the Committee of Selection be authorized:

(a)until the end of December 2020, and notwithstanding rule 12-18(1), to sit even though the Senate may then be sitting;

b)until February 1, 2021, and pursuant to rule 12-18(2), to meet during an adjournment of the Senate; and

(c)to hold hybrid meetings or to hold meetings entirely by videoconference, notwithstanding any provision of the Rules or usual practice and taking into account the exceptional circumstances of the current pandemic of COVID-19; and

That the provisions of subparagraphs 7 to 10 of the order adopted by the Senate on November 17, 2020, concerning hybrid meetings and meetings entirely by videoconference, apply in relation to any hybrid meetings of the committee or any meetings that are entirely by videoconference.

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

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Consideration of the third report (interim) of the Committee of Selection, entitled Speaker pro tempore on an interim basis, presented in the Senate on December 9, 2020.

The Honourable Senator Mercer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dalphond, that the report be adopted.

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


Ordered, That inquiry No. 12 standing in the name of the Honourable Senator Cordy on the Notice Paper be brought forward.

The Honourable Senator Cordy called the attention of the Senate to the career of former senator the Honourable Lillian Eva Dyck.

Debate.

WRITTEN DECLARATION OF ROYAL ASSENT

At 8:48 p.m., the Honourable the Speaker informed the Senate that the following communication had been received:

RIDEAU HALL

December 10, 2020

Mr. Speaker,

I have the honour to inform you that the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, signified royal assent by written declaration to the bills listed in the Schedule to this letter on the 10th day of December, 2020, at 8:29 p.m.

Yours sincerely,

Assunta Di Lorenzo

Secretary to the Governor General and Herald Chancellor

The Honourable

The Speaker of the Senate

Ottawa

Schedule

Bills Assented To

Thursday, December 10, 2020

An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 (Bill C-17, Chapter 14, 2020)

An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 (Bill C-16, Chapter 15, 2020)


The Senate resumed debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Cordy, calling the attention of the Senate to the career of former senator the Honourable Lillian Eva Dyck.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Dalphond moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., that further debate on the inquiry be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

ADJOURNMENT

At 9 p.m., pursuant to the order adopted by the Senate on October 27, 2020, the Senate adjourned until Monday, December 14, 2020, at 6 p.m.

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

Report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled “Fall Economic Statement 2020: Issues for Parliamentarians”, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-492.

Document entitled “Annual Report to Parliament for the 2019 to 2020 Fiscal Year: Federal Regulatory Management Initiatives”, pursuant to the Red Tape Reduction Act, S.C. 2015, c. 12, s. 5.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-493.

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Boniface replaced the Honourable Senator Petitclerc (December 10, 2020).

The Honourable Senator Petitclerc replaced the Honourable Senator Boniface (December 9, 2020).