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Journals of the Senate

70 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2021, Canada

2nd Session, 43rd Parliament

Issue 35 (Unrevised)

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKeatingKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKeatingKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

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

With leave of the Senate,

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

That, notwithstanding any provision of the Rules, previous order or usual practice, the Senate deal with the following items, before Senators’ Statements today:

1. tributes to His late Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, for a maximum of 15 minutes, with each intervention to be of no more than three minutes;

2. the reading of any message from the House of Commons in relation to the late Duke of Edinburgh; and

3. consideration of any government motion moved for an humble address to Her Majesty the Queen concerning the late Duke of Edinburgh;

That, after the conclusion of the above, the Senate proceed with its business as normal today; and

That the following government inquiry be placed on the Orders of the Day for two days hence:

“By the Honourable Senator Gagné: That she will call the attention of the Senate to the life of His late Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”.

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

Tributes

Tribute was paid to His late Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The Senate observed a minute of silence in memory of His late Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

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

Thursday, April 15, 2021

RESOLVED,— That a humble Address be presented to Her Majesty the Queen expressing the House’s condolences following the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and its hopes that the expression of the high esteem in which His Royal Highness was held may comfort Her Majesty and the members of the Royal Family in their bereavement.

ORDERED,— That a Message be sent to the Senate informing their Honours that this House has passed the said Address and requesting their Honours to unite with this House in the said Address.

ATTEST

Charles Robert

The Clerk of the House of Commons

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

That the Senate unite with the House of Commons to present an humble Address to Her Majesty the Queen expressing the Senate’s condolences following the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and its hopes that the expression of the high esteem in which His Royal Highness was held may comfort Her Majesty and the members of the Royal Family in their bereavement; and

That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint it that the Senate has united with that house in the said Address.

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


The Senate observed a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the tragic events in Nova Scotia which took place on April 18 and 19, 2020.


The Senate observed a minute of silence in memory of a long-time employee of the Senate, Mr. Ismail Ocal who passed away on April 6, 2021.

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Tabling of Documents

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

Budget 2021 entitled: Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-761.

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Jaffer presented the following:

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has the honour to present its

FIFTH REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code, has, in obedience to the order of reference of Thursday, February 11, 2021, examined the said bill and now reports the same without amendment but with certain observations, which are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

MOBINA S. B. JAFFER

Chair

Observations to the fifth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (Bill C-3)

Violence link

The committee heard evidence on the violence link, that is, the evidence-based link between violence toward people (interpersonal violence) and violence toward animals (animal cruelty). An understanding of this connection is needed to properly adjudicate on certain offences under the Criminal Code, including offences relating to bestiality. An understanding of the violence link is also important to properly apply the new definition of “family violence” found in the Divorce Act, which includes threats to, or the killing or harming of, an animal.

Moreover, judicial training on the violence link can help dispel myths and stereotypes about the behaviour of victims. For example, the committee heard how companion animals can be used to silence victims; that animal abuse is associated with an increased risk of severe intimate partner abuse (including sexual abuse); and that many victims delay leaving their partner due to concerns for their pet’s safety. These factors can help with understanding the victim’s behaviour and protecting them from further victimization. For these reasons, the committee suggests that training on the violence link be included in the design of judicial education seminars on social context.

Social context in judging

Social context includes circumstances related to history, sex, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, differing mental or physical abilities, age, socio-economic background, children, and family violence. As the National Judicial Institute and other witnesses before the committee underscored, understanding the realities of individuals who appear in court is critical to the proper application of the law and to enhancing public confidence in the justice system.

Gender-based violence

The committee urges the Government of Canada to ensure adequate funding is available for Canadian judicial training on gender-based violence for all judges.

Family violence

The committee notes that the National Judicial Institute, during its appearance before this committee, stated that the “psychology and law of domestic and intimate partner violence” are part of the judicial training curriculum they provide. The recently updated Divorce Act includes provisions that focus, for the first time, on family violence and its definition, which includes “a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour”. For these changes to have their intended effect, proper education in this area must be provided to all family law judges across Canada. The committee asks the Government of Canada to ensure adequate funding is available to achieve this objective.

Access to recorded reasons

The committee has heard that access to recorded reasons raises challenges for many sexual assault complainants in disparate parts of the country, as it requires financial resources and time. Access to reasons is key for transparency, which is especially important in sexual assault prosecutions. The committee urges the Minister of Justice to strongly encourage provincial and territorial governments to make the transcripts of the decisions of sexual assault cases for all courts under their jurisdictions readily available, ideally online in a searchable database. This would allow wide public access to the decisions that are currently recorded but not reported. For greater certainty, this observation is to be interpreted in a manner consistent with existing safeguards for protecting the identity of complainants, if the complainant so chooses.

Training for provincial court judges

The committee is of the view that judicial education on sexual assault law and social context will enhance women’s equality, increase sexual assault survivors’ trust in the administration of justice, and reduce the intersecting discriminatory burdens borne by sexual assault survivors. Given that provincial court judges hear the vast majority of sexual assault cases, and to increase survivors’ confidence in Canada’s courts and the justice system across the country, the committee recommends that the Government of Canada provide funding to ensure the availability of sexual assault law and social context training through the National Judicial Institute for provincially appointed judges.

Community Groups

The committee has heard from many community groups representing survivors of violence against women, who stated that they should be directly involved in the development and delivery of training for judges. The committee is concerned that these groups’ expertise is not being sufficiently considered.

Equality, Transparency, and Confidence in the Justice System

The committee invites the authorities responsible for training federal judges to share the maximum information possible with respect to the content of training provided to federal judges. The committee appreciates the principle of judicial independence, but is of the view that it is not incompatible with the transparency and accountability that the judiciary owes to the public which funds the justice system.

The erosion of public confidence in the justice system will not be restored without a guarantee that the prohibition of discrimination against women is not merely words included in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms since 1982, but rather is a basic principle in how judges apply the law.

Law Commission

The committee observes that a law commission could play a role in monitoring and providing advice from an independent perspective regarding the ability of the Criminal Code and legal system to respond adequately to systemic bias and discrimination, including sexism and racism, where individuals have experienced abuse or sexual assault.

Gender-Based Analysis Plus

The committee urges the Minister of Justice to provide the committee with more comprehensive information on the bill’s Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) conducted by the Department of Justice, as he has done in the past.

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

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The Honourable Senator Wells, Chair of the Standing Committee on Audit and Oversight, presented the third report of the committee (Budget—consider and report on issues relating to the nomination of its external members to the Senate).

(The report is printed as Appendix A at pages 466-471 (available in print format PDF).)

(The HTML version of the report is available on the committee website.)

With leave,

The Senate proceeded to the consideration of the report.

The Honourable Senator Wells moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin, that the report be adopted.

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

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The Honourable Senator Seidman, Chair of the Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators, presented the second report (interim) of the committee, entitled Consideration of matters relating to the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators.

(The report is printed as Appendix B at pages 472-488 (available in print format PDF).)

(The HTML version of the report is available on the committee website.)

The Honourable Senator Seidman moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin, 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 Petitclerc presented the following:

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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

SECOND REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill S-205, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Visual Artist Laureate), has, in obedience to the order of reference of Tuesday, March 16, 2021, examined the said bill and now reports the same without amendment but with certain observations, which are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

CHANTAL PETITCLERC

Chair

OBSERVATIONS
to the Second Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

(Bill S-205)

Your committee acknowledges the valuable information provided by the sponsor of the Bill, the Honourable Senator Patricia Bovey, during her appearance on April 1, 2021.

Your committee also acknowledges the relevant testimony heard during a previous consideration of this Bill, in the First Session of Forty-second Parliament, as follows:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Honourable Senator Patricia Bovey, sponsor of the bill;

The Honourable Wilfred P. Moore, former senator;

Joanne Larocque-Poirier, Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary, Canada Council for the Arts.

Given the comprehensive nature of the testimony previously received, your committee is satisfied with its examination of this bill.

The Honourable Senator Bovey moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Dalphond, 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.

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The Honourable Senator Petitclerc presented the following:

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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

THIRD REPORT

Your committee, to which was referred Bill S-223, An Act respecting Kindness Week, has, in obedience to the order of reference of Wednesday, March 17, 2021, examined the said bill and now reports the same without amendment but with certain observations, which are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

CHANTAL PETITCLERC

Chair

OBSERVATIONS
to the Third Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

(Bill S-223)

Your committee acknowledges the valuable information provided by the sponsor of the Bill, the Honourable Senator Jim Munson, during his appearance on April 1, 2021.

Your committee also acknowledges the relevant testimony heard during a previous consideration of this Bill, in the First Session of Forty-second Parliament, as follows:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Honourable Senator Jim Munson, sponsor of the bill.

Rabbi Reuven Bulka, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Machzikei Hadas, Kind Canada Généreux;

Jeff Turner, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Kind Canada Généreux;

Jennifer Levine, Volunteer, Kind Canada Généreux.

Given the comprehensive nature of the testimony previously received, your committee is satisfied with its examination of this bill.

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

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The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, presented the committee’s second report (Bill S-204, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs), without amendment).

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin, 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.

Introduction and First Reading of Government Bills

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-14, An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic statement tabled in Parliament on November 30, 2020 and other measures, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

Ordered, That the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for a second reading later this day.

Notices of Motions

With leave of the Senate,

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

That the papers and evidence received and taken and work accomplished by the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights during the First Session of the Forty-second Parliament as part of its study of issues related to human rights and, inter alia, the machinery of government dealing with Canada’s international and national human rights obligations, as well as its study of issues relating to the human rights of prisoners in the correctional system, be referred to the committee for the purposes of its work as authorized by the Senate on March 30, 2021.

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

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.


At 3:24 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 3:26 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Question Period

The Senate resumed Question Period.

Orders of the Day

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

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

Friday, April 16, 2021

EXTRACT, — MOTIONS

By unanimous consent, it was ordered, — That,

(a) pursuant to subsection 5(1) of An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), a special joint committee of the Senate and the House of Commons be appointed to review the provisions of the Criminal Code relating to medical assistance in dying and their application, including but not limited to issues relating to mature minors, advance requests, mental illness, the state of palliative care in Canada and the protection of Canadians with disabilities;

(b) pursuant to subsection 5(2) of the act, five members of the Senate and 10 members of the House of Commons be members of the committee, including five members of the House of Commons from the governing party, three members of the House of Commons from the official opposition, and two members of the House of Commons from the opposition who are not members of the official opposition, with two Chairs of which the House Co-Chair shall be from the governing party and the Senate Co-Chair shall be determined by the Senate;

(c) in addition to the Co-Chairs, the committee shall elect three vice-chairs from the House, of whom the first vice-chair shall be from the Conservative Party of Canada, the second vice-chair shall be from the Bloc Québécois, and the third vice-chair shall be from the New Democratic Party;

(d) pursuant to subsection 5(3) of the act, the quorum of the committee be eight members whenever a vote, resolution or other decision is taken, so long as both Houses and one member of the governing party in the House, one from the opposition in the House and one member of the Senate are represented, and that the Joint Chairs be authorized to hold meetings, to receive evidence and authorize the printing thereof, whenever six members are present, so long as both Houses and one member of the governing party in the House, one member from the opposition in the House and one member of the Senate are represented;

(e) the House of Commons members be named by their respective whip by depositing with the Clerk of the House the list of their members to serve on the committee no later than five sitting days after the adoption of this motion;

(f) changes to the membership of the committee, on the part of the House of Commons, be effective immediately after notification by the relevant whip has been filed with the Clerk of the House;

(g) membership substitutions, on the part of the House of Commons, be permitted, if required, in the manner provided for in Standing Order 114(2) and that they may be filed with the clerk of the committee by email;

(h) until Wednesday, June 23, 2021, members may participate either in person or by videoconference and witnesses shall participate remotely;

(i) until Wednesday, June 23, 2021, members who participate remotely shall be counted for the purpose of quorum;

(j) until Wednesday, June 23, 2021, except for those decided unanimously or on division, all questions shall be decided by a recorded vote;

(k) until Wednesday, June 23, 2021, when more than one motion is proposed for the election of the House Joint Chair or Vice-Chairs, any motion received after the initial one shall be taken as a notice of motion and such motions shall be put to the committee seriatim until one is adopted;

(l) the committee have the power to sit during sittings and adjournments of the House;

(m) the committee have the power to report from time to time, to send for persons, papers and records, and to print such papers and evidence as may be ordered by the committee;

(n) the committee have the power to retain the services of expert, professional, technical and clerical staff, including legal counsel;

(o) the committee have the power to appoint, from among its members such subcommittees as may be deemed appropriate and to delegate to such subcommittees, all or any of its powers, except the power to report to the Senate and House of Commons;

(p) the committee have the power to authorize video and audio broadcasting of any or all of its proceedings and that public proceedings be made available to the public via the Parliament of Canada’s websites;

(q) until Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in camera proceedings may be conducted in a manner that take into account the potential risks to confidentiality inherent in meetings with remote participants;

(r) pursuant to subsection 5(5) of the act, the committee submit a final report of its review, including a statement of any recommended changes, to Parliament no later than one year after the day on which it commenced the review; and

(s) pursuant to subsection 5(6) of the act, following the tabling of the final report in both Houses, the committee shall expire; and

that a message be sent to the Senate requesting that House to unite with this House for the above purpose and to select, if the Senate deems advisable, members to act on the proposed special joint committee.

ATTEST

Charles Robert

The Clerk of the House of Commons

With leave of the Senate,

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

That, pursuant to subsection 5(1) of An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), S.C. 2021, c. 2, a Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons be appointed to review the provisions of the Criminal Code relating to medical assistance in dying and their application, including but not limited to issues relating to mature minors, advance requests, mental illness, the state of palliative care in Canada and the protection of Canadians with disabilities;

That, pursuant to subsection 5(2) of the Act, five members of the Senate and ten members of the House of Commons be members of the committee, with two chairs of which the House Joint Chair shall be from the governing party and the Senate Joint Chair shall be determined pursuant to rule 12-13(1) of the Rules of the Senate;

That, in addition to the joint chairs, there be one deputy chair from the Senate and three vice-chairs from the House;

That the five senators to be members of the committee be named after consultations and agreement between the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and the leader or facilitator of any other recognized party or recognized parliamentary group in the Senate, by means of a notice signed by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and the leader or facilitator of any other recognized party or recognized parliamentary group in the Senate, and filed with the Clerk of the Senate no later than the end of the day on April 23, 2021, with the names of the senators named as members being recorded in the Journals of the Senate;

That, pursuant to subsection 5(3) of the Act, the quorum of the committee be eight members whenever a vote, resolution or other decision is taken, so long as both Houses are represented and that one member of the governing party in the House, one member from the opposition in the House and one member of the Senate are present;

That the Joint Chairs be authorized to hold meetings, to receive evidence and authorize the publication thereof, whenever six members are present, so long as both Houses are represented and that one member of the governing party in the House, one member from the opposition in the House and one member of the Senate are present;

That, notwithstanding any provisions of the Rules, previous orders or usual practice, and taking into account the exceptional circumstances of the current pandemic of COVID-19, until the end of the day on June 23, 2021:

1.the committee be authorized to hold hybrid meetings or meetings entirely by videoconference;

2.such meetings be considered, for all purposes, to be meetings of the committee, and senators taking part in such meetings be considered, for all purposes, to be present at the meeting;

3.that for greater certainty, when the committee holds a hybrid meeting or meets entirely by videoconference:

(a)all members of the committee participating count towards quorum;

(b)such meetings be considered to be occurring in the parliamentary precinct; and

(c)the committee be directed to approach in camera meetings with all necessary precaution, taking account of the risks to confidentiality inherent in such technologies; and

4.subject to variations that may be required by the circumstances, to participate in a hybrid meeting or a meeting entirely by videoconference senators must:

(a)use a desktop or laptop computer and headphones with integrated microphone provided by one or the other house for videoconferences;

(b)not use other devices such as personal tablets or smartphones;

(c)be the only people visible on the videoconference;

(d)have their video on and broadcasting their image at all times; and

(e)leave the videoconference if they leave their seat;

That the committee have the power to sit during sittings and adjournments of the Senate;

That the committee have the power to report from time to time, to send for persons, papers and records, and to publish such papers and evidence as may be ordered by the committee;

That the committee have the power to retain the services of expert, professional, technical and clerical staff, including legal counsel;

That the committee have the power to authorize video and audio broadcasting of any or all its proceedings and that public proceedings be made available to the public via the Parliament of Canada’s websites;

That, pursuant to subsection 5(5) of the Act, the committee submit a final report of its review, including a statement of any recommended changes, to Parliament no later than one year after the day on which it commenced the review;

That, pursuant to subsection 5(6) of the Act, following the tabling of the final report in both Houses, the committee shall expire; and

That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that house accordingly.

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

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

Second reading of Bill C-14, An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic statement tabled in Parliament on November 30, 2020 and other measures.

The Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance.

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

Reports of Committees – Other

Order No. 3 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

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

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The Honourable Senator Gold, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator LaBoucane-Benson:

That, in accordance with rule 10-11(1), the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples be authorized to examine the subject matter of Bill C-15, An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, introduced in the House of Commons on December 3, 2020, in advance of the said bill coming before the Senate; and

That, for the purposes of this study, the committee be authorized to meet even though the Senate may then be sitting, with the application of rule 12-18(1) being suspended in relation thereto.

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

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With leave of the Senate,

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, May 4, 2021, at 2 p.m.

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

ADJOURNMENT

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

That the Senate do now adjourn.

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

(Accordingly, at 4:50 p.m., the Senate was continued until Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 2 p.m.)

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

Debt Management Report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 49(1).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-701.

Report on the Administration of the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. M-5, s. 67.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-702.

Report on the Employment Equity in the Federal Public Service for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(1).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-703.

Report on the Public Service Pension Plan, together with the Auditors’ Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Public Service Superannuation Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-36, s. 46.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-704.

Report on the Administration of the Supplementary Retirement Benefits Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. S-24, s. 12.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-705.

Report of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for the year 2020, pursuant to the Canadian Human Rights Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. H-6, sbs. 61(4).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-706.

Report of National Defence (Canadian Forces) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-707.

Report of the Canadian Energy Regulator for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-708.

Report of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-709.

Report of the Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-710.

Report of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-711.

Report of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-712.

Report of the Canada Revenue Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-713.

Report of the Communications Security Establishment for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-714.

Report of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-715.

Report of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-716.

Report of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-717.

Report of the National Film Board of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-718.

Report of the National Research Council of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-719.

Report of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-720.

Report of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-721.

Report of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-722.

Report of the Parks Canada Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-723.

Report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-724.

Report of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-725.

Report of the Statistical Survey Operations for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, sbs. 21(3).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-726.

Report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled “Pre-Budget Outlook” and the new legislative costing note entitled “Increasing the maximum number of EI regular weeks of benefits”, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-727.

Charter Statement prepared by the Minister of Justice in relation to Bill C-27, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022 .—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-728.

Charter Statement prepared by the Minister of Justice in relation to Bill C-26, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-729.

Charter Statement prepared by the Minister of Justice in relation to Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (additional regular benefits), the Canada Recovery Benefits Act (restriction on eligibility) and another Act in response to COVID-19 .—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-730.

Copies of Orders in Council P.C. 2021-173 and P.C. 2021-174 concerning minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in Canada, pursuant to the Quarantine Act, S.C. 2005, c. 20, sbs. 61(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-731.

Report on the administration of the Species at Risk Act for the year 2019, pursuant to the Act, S.C. 2002, c. 29, s. 126.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-732.

Report on the operations under the Canada Water Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-11, s. 38.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-733.

Report on the administration of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Account, together with the Auditor General’s Report, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Superannuation Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. R-11, s. 31.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-734.

Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2020-21 to 2024-25 of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-735.

Amendment Number Six to the Framework Agreement for the Use of the RCMP First Nations Community Policing Services (FNCPS) in Alberta, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. R-10, sbs. 20(5).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-736.

Amendment Number Three to the Framework Agreement for the Use of the RCMP First Nations Community Policing Services (FNCPS) in Nova Scotia, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. R-10, sbs. 20(5).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-737.

Report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled “Assessing the Sustainability of the Canada Pension Plan”, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-738.

Report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled “Distributional and Fiscal analysis of a National Guaranteed Basic Income”, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-739.

Interim Order No. 25 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. 2/43-740.

Interim Order No. 26 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. 2/43-741.

Report of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service for the year 2020, pursuant to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-23, sbs. 20.2(1).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-742.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2021-25 and of the Capital Budget for 2021 of the Royal Canadian Mint, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-743.

Copies of the Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (P.C. 2021-233) and of the Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations (P.C. 2021-234), pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act, S.C. 1992, c. 17, sbs. 7(1).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-744.

Annual Report of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians for the year 2020, pursuant to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act, S.C. 2017, c. 15, ss. 21(1) and (6).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-745.

Proposed Regulations Amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, S.C. 2001, c. 27, sbs. 5(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-746.

Report of the Canadian Human Rights Commission for the year 2020, pursuant to the Canadian Human Rights Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. H-6, sbs. 61(4) and to the Employment Equity Act, S.C. 1995, c. 44, s. 32.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-747.

Report on the administration of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act covering the fiscal year 2019-20, together with the annual report of the operations of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board for the fiscal year 2019-20, pursuant to the Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-51, s. 52.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-748.

Summary of the Corporate Plan for 2021-22 of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, pursuant to the Physical Activity and Sport Act, S.C. 2003, c. 2, sbs. 32(4).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-749.

Report of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission, together with the Auditors’ Report, for the year ended December 31, 2020, pursuant to the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission Act, S.C. 1964-65, c. 19, s. 7.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-750.

Amendment to the Agreement for RCMP policing services (First Nations Community Policing Service) for the province of Saskatchewan, pursuant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. R-10, sbs. 20(5).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-751.

Summary of the Corporate Plan for the period 2020-21 to 2024-25 of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-752.

Report on the Government of Canada’s Official Development Assistance, pursuant to the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act, S.C. 2008, c. 17, s. 5.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-753.

Report on the Government of Canada’s International Assistance for 2019-20 - Engagement with International Financial Institutions, pursuant to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Agreement Act, S.C. 1991, c. 12, s. 7 and to the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. B-7, s. 13 and 14.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-754.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan and Operating and Capital Budgets for 2020-21 to 2024-25 of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-755.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2020-21 to 2024-25 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2020-21 of the Canadian Museum of History, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-756.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2020-21 to 2024-25 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2020-21 of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-757.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2020-21 to 2024-25 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2020-21 of the Canadian Museum of Nature, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-758.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2020-21 to 2024-25 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2020-21 of the National Gallery of Canada, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-759.

Summaries of the Corporate Plan for 2020-21 to 2024-25 and of the Operating and Capital Budgets for 2020-21 of the Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 125(4).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-760.

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

The Honourable Senator Martin was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (April 12, 2021).

The Honourable Senator MacDonald was added to the membership (April 12, 2021).

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator MacDonald was removed from the membership of the committee, substitution pending (April 12, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Martin was added to the membership (April 12, 2021).

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Wells replaced the Honourable Senator Seidman (April 20, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Seidman replaced the Honourable Senator Wells (April 19, 2021).

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Forest-Niesing replaced the Honourable Senator Loffreda (April 1, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Saint-Germain replaced the Honourable Senator Ringuette (April 1, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Forest replaced the Honourable Senator Omidvar (April 1, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Jaffer replaced the Honourable Senator Forest (April 1, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Loffreda replaced the Honourable Senator Forest-Niesing (April 1, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Ringuette replaced the Honourable Senator Saint-Germain (April 1, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Omidvar replaced the Honourable Senator Jaffer (March 31, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Patterson (March 30, 2021).

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Cotter replaced the Honourable Senator Mégie (April 13, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Campbell replaced the Honourable Senator Griffin (April 1, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Tannas replaced the Honourable Senator White (April 1, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Boyer replaced the Honourable Senator Pate (April 1, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Griffin replaced the Honourable Senator Campbell (March 31, 2021).

The Honourable Senator White replaced the Honourable Senator Tannas (March 31, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Pate replaced the Honourable Senator Boyer (March 31, 2021).

Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

The Honourable Senator Moodie replaced the Honourable Senator Simons (April 20, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Simons replaced the Honourable Senator Moodie (April 19, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Cotter was added to the membership (April 13, 2021).

Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages

The Honourable Senator Carignan, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Plett (April 14, 2021).

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