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70 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2021, Canada

2nd Session, 43rd Parliament

Issue 39 (Unrevised)

Thursday, May 6, 2021
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaLovelace NicholasMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaLovelace NicholasMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-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

First Reading of Commons Public Bills

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-228, An Act to establish a federal framework to reduce recidivism, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Plett moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Duncan, 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.


A point of order was raised with respect to the content of a written notice of a question of privilege dated April 26, 2021.

After debate,

The Speaker reserved his decision.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Third Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Dalphond, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, for the third reading of Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code.

After debate,

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

That Bill C-3 be not now read a third time, but that it be amended

(a) in the preamble, on page 1, by replacing line 20 with the following:

“sault law, family violence and social context;”;

(b) in clause 1, on page 2, by replacing line 21 with the following:

“on matters related to sexual assault law, family violence and social”;

(c) in clause 2,

(i) on page 2, by replacing line 29 with the following:

“al assault law, family violence and social context, which includes sys-”,

(ii) on page 3, by adding the following after line 11:

(4) The Council should ensure that seminars on matters related to family violence established under paragraph (2)(b) are developed after consultation with persons, groups or organizations the Council considers appropriate, such as family violence survivors and persons, groups and organizations that support them, including Indigenous leaders and representatives of Indigenous communities.”;

(d) in clause 3, on page 3, by replacing line 17 with the following:

“matters related to sexual assault law, family violence and social context,”.

After debate,

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBernardBoisvenuCarignanDeacon (Ontario)DuffyGriffinHousakosKutcherLankinMacDonaldManningMartinMassicotteMcCallumMocklerMoodieNgoOhPatePattersonPlettRavaliaRichardsSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenWallinWellsWetston—32

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBlack (Ontario)BoehmBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellChristmasCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)DeanDuncanForestForest-NiesingFrancisGagnéGoldGreeneHarderHartlingJafferKlyneLaBoucane-BensonLoffredaLovelace NicholasMarwahMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMunsonOmidvarPetitclercSimonsTannasWhiteWoo—44

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

Black (Alberta)DupuisGalvezMoncionSaint-Germain—5

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Dalphond, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, for the third reading of Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code.

The question being put on the motion of the Honourable Senator Dalphond, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, for the third reading of Bill C-3, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code, 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 – Second Reading

Second reading of Bill S-4, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts.

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

Debate.


Pursuant to rule 3-3(1) and the order adopted by the Senate on October 27, 2021, the Speaker left the Chair to resume the same at 7 p.m.

The sitting resumed.

WRITTEN DECLARATION OF ROYAL ASSENT

At 7 p.m., the Honourable the Speaker informed the Senate that the following communication had been received:

RIDEAU HALL

May 6, 2021

Mr. Speaker,

I have the honour to inform you that the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Administrator of the Government of Canada, signified royal assent by written declaration to the bills listed in the Schedule to this letter on the 6th day of May, 2021, at 6:27 p.m.

Yours sincerely,

Ian McCowan

Secretary to the Governor General

The Honourable

The Speaker of the Senate

Ottawa

Schedule

Bills Assented To

Thursday, May 6, 2021

An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic statement tabled in Parliament on November 30, 2020 and other measures (Bill C-14, Chapter 7, 2021)

An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code (Bill C-3, Chapter 8, 2021)


Ordered, That Order No. 50 under GOVERNMENT BUSINESS, Motions, be brought forward.

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 25, 2021, at 2 p.m.

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

Bills – Second Reading

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Gold, P.C., for the second reading of Bill S-4, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Plett moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Batters, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

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.

Inquiries

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

o o o

The Honourable Senator Griffin called the attention of the Senate to the inquiry standing in the name of the Honourable Senator Gold, P.C., concerning the budget entitled Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience, tabled in the House of Commons on April 19, 2021, by the Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., and in the Senate on April 20, 2021.

After debate,

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

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

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

Third reading of Bill S-204, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs).

The Honourable Senator Ataullahjan moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin, that the bill be read for a third time.

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the third time.

Ordered, That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed this bill, to which it desires its concurrence.

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Bovey, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, for the third reading of Bill S-205, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Visual Artist Laureate).

After debate,

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

The bill was then read the third time.

Ordered, That a message be sent to the House of Commons to acquaint that House that the Senate has passed this bill, to which it desires its concurrence.

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Ordered: That consideration of Order No. 1 be postponed until the next sitting of the Senate.

o o o

Second reading of Bill S-202, An Act to amend the Assisted Human Reproduction Act.

The Honourable Senator Moncion moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, that the bill be read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Moncion moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

o o o

Second reading of Bill S-206, An Act to change the name of the electoral district of Châteauguay—Lacolle.

The Honourable Senator Dalphond moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Boehm, that the bill be read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Dalphond moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Boehm, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

o o o

Orders No. 4, 5, 6 and 7 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Jaffer, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, for the second reading of Bill S-211, An Act to establish International Mother Language Day.

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

The bill was then read the second time.

The Honourable Senator Jaffer moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

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

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Orders No. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Omidvar, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, for the second reading of Bill S-222, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources).

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Plett, that further debate on the motion be adjourned until the next sitting.

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

o o o

Order No. 19 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Second reading of Bill S-225, An Act to amend the Copyright Act (remuneration for journalistic works).

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

Debate.

ADJOURNMENT

At 9 p.m., pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on October 27, 2020, and December 17, 2020, the Senate adjourned until Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 2 p.m.

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

Copies of Orders in Council P.C. 2021-313, P.C. 2021-314 and P.C. 2021-315 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. 2/43-802.

Charter Statement prepared by the Minister of Justice in relation to Bill C-14, An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic statement tabled in Parliament on November 30, 2020 and other measures.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-803.

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 17, 2020, by the Honourable Senator Griffin, concerning the Canada Border Services Agency.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-804S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 8, 2021, by the Honourable Senator Frum, concerning funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-805S.

Reply to Question No. 60, dated September 23, 2020, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-806S.

Reply to Question No. 99, dated December 1, 2020, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding the Intellectual Property Strategy.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-807S.

Reply to Question No. 122, dated February 8, 2021, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding Government of Canada employees’ return to office.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-808S.

Reply to Question No. 128, dated February 8, 2021, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding the Chinese Communist Party – United Front.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-809S.

Reply to Question No. 130, dated February 17, 2021, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority – follow-up to written question No. 9.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-810S.

Reply to Question No. 131, dated February 17, 2021, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program – follow-up to written question No. 10.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-811S.

Reply to Question No. 132, dated February 17, 2021, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – follow-up to written question No. 111.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-812S.

Reply to Question No. 133, dated March 16, 2021, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding record keeping at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-813S.

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

The Honourable Senator Forest-Niesing replaced the Honourable Senator Lankin, P.C. (May 6, 2021).