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70 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2021, Canada

2nd Session, 43rd Parliament

Issue 26 (Unrevised)

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
2 p.m.

The Honourable PIERRETTE RINGUETTE, Speaker pro tempore


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKeatingKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaLovelace NicholasMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKeatingKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaLovelace NicholasMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRinguetteSaint-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

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Public Bills

The Honourable Senator Munson introduced Bill S-223, An Act respecting Kindness Week.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Munson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Boehm, 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.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Third Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gold, P.C., for the third reading of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), as amended.

After debate,

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

That Bill C-7, as amended, be not now read a third time, but that it be further amended on page 7 by adding the following after line 30:

1.1 The Act is amended by adding the following after section 241.2:

241.21 (1) A medical practitioner or nurse practitioner who provides information on medical assistance in dying to a person who has a grievous and irremediable medical condition is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply if the information provided on medical assistance in dying was requested by that person.”.

After debate,

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBattersBoisvenuChristmasGriffinHousakosJafferMacDonaldMarshallMartinMcCallumMocklerNgoOhPlettPoirierSmithWells—18

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCarignanCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneHarderHartlingKeatingKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaLovelace NicholasMarwahMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMoncionMoodieMunsonOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercRavaliaSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsStewart OlsenTannasVernerWallinWetstonWhiteWoo—66

ABSTENTION

The Honourable Senator

Manning—1

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gold, P.C., for the third reading of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), as amended.

After debate,

In amendment, the Honourable Senator Wallin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dagenais:

That Bill C-7, as amended, be not now read a third time, but that it be further amended, in clause 1,

(a) on page 3, by adding the following after line 18:

(3.1) Subparagraph 241.2(3)(b)(ii) of the Act is replaced by the following:

(ii) signed and dated before or after the person was informed by a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner that the person has a grievous and irremediable medical condition;”;

(b) on page 4, by replacing line 13 with the following:

(ii) signed and dated before or after the person was informed”;

(c) on page 5,

(i) by replacing line 30 with the following:

(3.2) For the purposes of subsections (3) and (3.1), the medical”,

(ii) by replacing line 33 with the following:

“the requirement set out in paragraph (3)(h) or (3.1)(k), as the case may be, if”,

(iii) by replacing line 37 with the following:

“(1) and all other safeguards set out in subsection (3) or (3.1), as the case may be,”.

After debate,

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

Black (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoisvenuBrazeauBussonCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDaskoDeacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanForestForest-NiesingGalvezGreeneGriffinHartlingJafferKeatingKutcherLankinMarshallMarwahMcPhedranMercerMocklerMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPattersonRavaliaSaint-GermainSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhite—47

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBattersBellemareBonifaceBoyerCarignanCordyDalphondDawsonFrancisFrumGagnéGoldHarderKlyneLaBoucane-BensonLoffredaLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMartinMcCallumMégieMoncionPetitclercPlettPoirierSeidmanWoo—28

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBoehmBoveyDeacon (Nova Scotia)DupuisManningMiville-DechênePate—8


Pursuant to rule 3-3(1) and the order adopted by the Senate on February 8, 2021, the Speaker pro tempore left the Chair to resume the same at 7:08 p.m.

The sitting resumed.

Bills – Third Reading

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gold, P.C., for the third reading of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), as amended.

After debate,

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

That Bill C-7, as amended, be not now read a third time, but that it be further amended, in clause 1,

(a) on page 3, by deleting lines 19 to 34;

(b) on page 4, by replacing line 19 with the following:

“tion (4) — before two independent witnesses who then al-”.

After debate,

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBlack (Ontario)BoisvenuBrazeauDeacon (Ontario)DowneLankinMacDonaldMarshallMartinMcCallumMcPhedranMiville-DechêneMocklerNgoOhPlettPoirierStewart OlsenWhiteWoo—23

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)BoehmBonifaceBoveyBoyerBussonCarignanCordyCormierCotterCoyleDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)DeanDuffyDuncanDupuisForest-NiesingFrancisFrumGagnéGoldGriffinHarderHartlingJafferKeatingKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLoffredaLovelace NicholasMarwahMégieMercerMoncionMunsonOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercRavaliaSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithTannasWallinWetston—52

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

ManningWells—2

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gold, P.C., for the third reading of Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), as amended.

After debate,

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

That Bill C-7, as amended, be not now read a third time, but that it be further amended in clause 1, on page 6, by deleting lines 16 to 19.

After debate,

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBoisvenuCarignanMacDonaldMarshallMartinMcCallumMocklerNgoOhPlettPoirierSmith—15

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCordyCormierCotterCoyleDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDupuisForest-NiesingFrancisFrumGagnéGoldGriffinHarderHartlingJafferKeatingKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaLovelace NicholasMarwahMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMoncionMoodieMunsonOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercRavaliaSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsStewart OlsenTannasWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo—61

ABSTENTION

The Honourable Senator

Manning—1

ADJOURNMENT

At 9:22 p.m., pursuant to the order adopted by the Senate on February 8, 2021, the Senate adjourned until 2 p.m., tomorrow.

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

Charter Statement prepared by the Minister of Justice in relation to Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code .—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-580.

Charter Statement prepared by the Minister of Justice in relation to Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-581.

Charter Statement prepared by the Minister of Justice in relation to Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-582.

Charter Statement prepared by the Minister of Justice in relation to Bill S-3, An Act to amend the Offshore Health and Safety Act.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-583.

Report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled “Financial compensation for supply-managed sectors”, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-584.

Report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled “Taxation sales of digital products and services”, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-585.

WRITTEN REPLIES TO ORAL QUESTIONS AND TO WRITTEN QUESTIONS DEPOSITED WITH THE CLERK OF THE SENATE PURSUANT TO THE ORDERS ADOPTED OCTOBER 27 AND DECEMBER 17, 2020

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on November 3, 2020, by the Honourable Senator Plett, concerning Business Risk Management Programs - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-586S.