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70 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2021, Canada

2nd Session, 43rd Parliament

Issue 47 (Unrevised)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
2 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBattersBellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettRavaliaRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBattersBellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettRavaliaRinguetteSaint-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

With leave of the Senate,

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

That, notwithstanding any provision of the Rules, previous order or usual practice, for today’s sitting:

1.the duration for Senators’ Statements be 45 minutes, to be used for the purpose of paying tribute to our colleague the Honourable Senator Jim Munson, who will retire from the Senate on July 14, 2021;

2.the vote on the amendment to Bill S-209, deferred to 3:30 p.m. today, be further deferred to after Question Period, with the bells to ring for five minutes once Question Period ends; and

3.the sitting continue beyond 4 p.m., if necessary, until the deferred vote has concluded.

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

Tributes

Tribute was paid to the Honourable Senator Munson, who will retire from the Senate on July 14, 2021.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Mockler, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance, presented the committee’s fifth report (Bill S-222, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), without amendment).

The Honourable Senator Omidvar moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, 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 Senate Public Bills

The Honourable Senator Boisvenu introduced Bill S-235, An Act to amend the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights (posting of information about the victim).

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Boisvenu moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Oh, 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.

DEFERRED VOTES

At 4:15 p.m., pursuant to rule 9-10(2) and the orders adopted by the Senate on October 27, 2020, December 17, 2020 and earlier today, the Senate proceeded to the taking of the deferred standing vote on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Wells, to the motion of the Honourable Senator McPhedran, seconded by the Honourable Senator Loffreda, for the second reading of Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Regulation Adapting the Canada Elections Act for the Purposes of a Referendum (voting age).

The question being put on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Wells, seconded by the Honourable Senator Plett:

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

“Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Regulation Adapting the Canada Elections Act for the Purposes of a Referendum (voting age), be not now read a second time because a proposal which so fundamentally impacts the conduct of elections in this country, specifically the qualifications of electors, should more properly be introduced first in the elected chamber, namely the House of Commons.”

The motion in amendment was negatived on the following vote:

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

BattersBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisGriffinMacDonaldMarshallMartinMocklerNgoOhPattersonPlettSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenVernerWallinWells—19

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCordyCormierCotterCoyleDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisGagnéGalvezGoldHarderHartlingJafferKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLoffredaMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMoncionMoodieMunsonOmidvarPatePetitclercRavaliaRinguetteSaint-GermainSimonsTannasWetstonWoo—55

ABSTENTION

The Honourable Senator

Anderson—1


A point of order was raised with respect to the hybrid sitting.

After debate,

The Speaker reserved his decision.

ADJOURNMENT

At 4:30 p.m., pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on October 27, 2020, and December 17, 2020, the Senate adjourned until 2 p.m., tomorrow.

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

The Honourable Senator Stewart Olsen replaced the Honourable Senator Martin (June 9, 2021).

Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

The Honourable Senator Richards replaced the Honourable Senator Black (Alberta) (June 9, 2021).

The Honourable Senator Verner, P.C., replaced the Honourable Senator Dagenais (June 9, 2021).

Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

The Honourable Senator Boehm replaced the Honourable Senator Moncion (June 9, 2021).

Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

The Honourable Senator Simons replaced the Honourable Senator Omidvar (June 9, 2021).