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70 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2021, Canada

2nd Session, 43rd Parliament

Issue 29 (Unrevised)

Wednesday, February 17, 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-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-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-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.

Absence of Speaker

The clerk at the table informed the Senate that the Honourable the Speaker was unavoidably absent, whereupon the Honourable Senator Ringuette, Speaker pro tempore, took the chair, pursuant to rule 2-4(2).

PRAYERS

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Tabling of Documents

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

Copy of the Commission appointing Ian McCowan Deputy to the Administrator of the Government of Canada, to do in His Excellency’s name all acts on his part necessary to be done during His Excellency’s pleasure, dated February 15, 2021.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-599S.

The said Commission is as follows:

CANADA

RICHARD WAGNER

(L.S.)

By His Excellency the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Administrator of the Government of Canada.

To IAN McCOWAN, of Ottawa, in the Province of Ontario,

GREETING:

WHEREAS by letters patent under the Great Seal of Canada bearing date the eighth day of September in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-seven, it is constituted, ordered and declared that there shall be a Governor General and Commander-in-Chief in and over Canada;

WHEREAS I took the oath of office to serve Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second as the Administrator of the Government of Canada and the Keeper of the Great Seal of Canada on the twenty-third day of January in the year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty-one, following the resignation of the Right Honourable Julie Payette as Governor General of Canada on the twenty-second day of January in the year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty-one, and in accordance with Section VIII of the Letters Patent Constituting the Office of the Governor General, 1947, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, has further in and by the said letters patent authorized, empowered and commanded me to, at pleasure, exercise and perform all and singular the powers and directions contained in the said letters patent adding to, amending or substituted for the same;

WHEREAS under and pursuant to the provisions in that behalf in the Constitution Act, 1867, in and by the said letters patent His Excellency the Administrator of the Government of Canada for the time being is authorized and empowered subject to any limitations and directions from time to time expressed or given by Her Majesty to appoint any person or persons, jointly and severally, to be his Deputy or Deputies within any part or parts of Canada, and in that capacity to exercise, at pleasure, such of his powers, functions and authorities as he might deem it necessary or expedient to assign to such person or persons, provided that the appointment of such Deputy or Deputies should not affect the exercise of any such power, authority or function by the Administrator of the Government of Canada in person;

AND WHEREAS, I deem it necessary and expedient with a view to preventing delay in the performance of the public business and affairs of Canada to appoint some fit and proper person to be my Deputy within Canada for the purposes hereinafter mentioned;

KNOW YOU that being well assured of your loyalty, fidelity and capacity, I, the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Administrator of the Government of Canada, under and by virtue of and in pursuance of the power and authority vested in me by the said letters patent and the oath of office administered to me on the twenty-third day of January in the year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty-one, constituting and appointing me to be the Administrator of the Government of Canada and the Keeper of the Great Seal of Canada, do nominate, constitute and appoint you, Ian McCowan, to be my Deputy within Canada, to be styled Deputy to the Administrator of the Government of Canada, whether I be absent from Canada or not and in that capacity to exercise, subject to any limitations and directions from time to time expressed or given by Her Majesty, all the powers, authorities and functions vested in and of right exercisable by me as Administrator of the Government of Canada, saving and excepting the powers of dissolving, recalling or proroguing the Parliament of Canada and of signifying Royal Assent in Parliament assembled.

PROVIDED ALWAYS that the appointment of my Deputy shall not affect the exercise of any such power, authority or function by me, the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, in person.

AND PROVIDED ALWAYS that you, Ian McCowan, shall during your continuance as my Deputy obey all such orders and instructions as you shall from time to time receive from me or the person administering the Government of Canada.

GIVEN under my hand and seal at Ottawa, this fifteenth day of February in the year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty-one and in the seventieth year of Her Majesty’s Reign.

BY COMMAND,

SIMON KENNEDY

Deputy Registrar General of Canada

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

Copy of the Commission appointing Marie-Geneviève Mounier Deputy to the Administrator of the Government of Canada, to do in His Excellency’s name all acts on his part necessary to be done during His Excellency’s pleasure, dated February 15, 2021.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-600S.

The said Commission is as follows:

CANADA

RICHARD WAGNER

(L.S.)

By His Excellency the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Administrator of the Government of Canada.

To MARIE-GENEVIÈVE MOUNIER, of Gatineau, in the Province of Québec,

GREETING:

WHEREAS by letters patent under the Great Seal of Canada bearing date the eighth day of September in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-seven, it is constituted, ordered and declared that there shall be a Governor General and Commander-in-Chief in and over Canada;

WHEREAS I took the oath of office to serve Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second as the Administrator of the Government of Canada and the Keeper of the Great Seal of Canada on the twenty-third day of January in the year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty-one, following the resignation of the Right Honourable Julie Payette as Governor General of Canada on the twenty-second day of January in the year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty-one, and in accordance with Section VIII of the Letters Patent Constituting the Office of the Governor General, 1947, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, has further in and by the said letters patent authorized, empowered and commanded me to, at pleasure, exercise and perform all and singular the powers and directions contained in the said letters patent adding to, amending or substituted for the same;

WHEREAS under and pursuant to the provisions in that behalf in the Constitution Act, 1867, in and by the said letters patent His Excellency the Administrator of the Government of Canada for the time being is authorized and empowered subject to any limitations and directions from time to time expressed or given by Her Majesty to appoint any person or persons, jointly and severally, to be his Deputy or Deputies within any part or parts of Canada, and in that capacity to exercise, at pleasure, such of his powers, functions and authorities as he might deem it necessary or expedient to assign to such person or persons, provided that the appointment of such Deputy or Deputies should not affect the exercise of any such power, authority or function by the Administrator of the Government of Canada in person;

AND WHEREAS, I deem it necessary and expedient with a view to preventing delay in the performance of the public business and affairs of Canada to appoint some fit and proper person to be my Deputy within Canada for the purposes hereinafter mentioned;

KNOW YOU that being well assured of your loyalty, fidelity and capacity, I, the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Administrator of the Government of Canada, under and by virtue of and in pursuance of the power and authority vested in me by the said letters patent and the oath of office administered to me on the twenty-third day of January in the year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty-one, constituting and appointing me to be the Administrator of the Government of Canada and the Keeper of the Great Seal of Canada, do nominate, constitute and appoint you, Marie-Geneviève Mounier, to be my Deputy within Canada, to be styled Deputy to the Administrator of the Government of Canada, whether I be absent from Canada or not and in that capacity to exercise, subject to any limitations and directions from time to time expressed or given by Her Majesty, all the powers, authorities and functions vested in and of right exercisable by me as Administrator of the Government of Canada, saving and excepting the powers of dissolving, recalling or proroguing the Parliament of Canada and of signifying Royal Assent in Parliament assembled.

PROVIDED ALWAYS that the appointment of my Deputy shall not affect the exercise of any such power, authority or function by me, the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, in person.

AND PROVIDED ALWAYS that you, Marie-Geneviève Mounier, shall during your continuance as my Deputy obey all such orders and instructions as you shall from time to time receive from me or the person administering the Government of Canada.

GIVEN under my hand and seal at Ottawa, this fifteenth day of February in the year of Our Lord two thousand and twenty-one and in the seventieth year of Her Majesty’s Reign.

BY COMMAND,

SIMON KENNEDY

Deputy Registrar General of Canada

Introduction and First Reading of Senate Public Bills

The Honourable Senator Boisvenu introduced Bill S-224, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (increasing parole ineligibility).

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Boisvenu moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Carignan, 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 Carignan, P.C., introduced Bill S-225, An Act to amend the Copyright Act (remuneration for journalistic works).

The bill was read the first time.

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

Motions

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

That, when the Senate next adjourns after the adoption of this motion, it do stand adjourned until Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 2 p.m.

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

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,

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonChristmasCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisGagnéGalvezGoldGriffinHarderHartlingJafferKeatingKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaLovelace NicholasMarwahMassicotteMégieMercerMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonOhOmidvarPetitclercRavaliaSaint-GermainSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo—66

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersCarignanFrumHousakosMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMcCallumMcPhedranMiville-DechêneNgoPattersonPlettPoirierRichardsSeidman—19

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

CotterGreenePate—3

Accordingly, Bill C-7, as amended, was read a 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 with certain amendments, to which it desires its concurrence.

ADJOURNMENT

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Seidman:

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 6:18 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 2 p.m.)

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

Report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled “The collection of GST from foreign-based sellers on the final price of goods sold to Canadian residents from Canadian fulfillment warehouses”, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-594.

Report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled “Strengthening Tax Compliance”, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-595.

Interim Order No. 3 Respecting Certain Training Requirements (B-737-8 and Other Aircraft), pursuant to the Aeronautics Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. A-2, sbs. 6.41(5) and (6).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-596.

Interim Order No. 21 Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19, pursuant to the Aeronautics Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. A-2, sbs. 6.41(5) and (6).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-597.

List of Commissions issued for the year 2020, pursuant to the Public Officers Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-31, s. 4.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-598.