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70 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2021, Canada

2nd Session, 43rd Parliament

Issue 53 (Unrevised)

Tuesday, June 22, 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)DeanDowneDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaLovelace NicholasMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaLovelace NicholasMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-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

Senators’ Statements

Some Honourable Senators made statements.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Presenting or Tabling Reports from Committees

The Honourable Senator Massicotte, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, tabled the third report of the committee (Subject matter of Bill C-12, An Act respecting transparency and accountability in Canada’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-962S.

The Honourable Senator Massicotte moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, 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.

Introduction and First Reading of Government Bills

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

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

Tabling of Reports from Interparliamentary Delegations

The Honourable Senator MacDonald tabled the following:

Report of the Canada–United States Inter-Parliamentary Group, Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance Virtual Conference, by videoconference, from May 3 to 4, 2021.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-963.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Second Reading

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

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Motions

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Gagné, seconded by the Honourable Senator Petitclerc:

That the following Address be presented to Her Excellency the Governor General of Canada:

To Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY:

We, Her Majesty’s most loyal and dutiful subjects, the Senate of Canada in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Excellency for the gracious Speech which Your Excellency has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.

After debate,

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

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

Inquiries

Orders No. 1 and 2 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Other Business

Senate Public Bills – Third Reading

Third reading of Bill S-203, An Act to restrict young persons’ online access to sexually explicit material, as amended.

The Honourable Senator Miville-Dechêne moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Moncion, that the bill, as amended, be read for a third time.

After debate,

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

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

DEFERRED VOTES

At 3:30 p.m., pursuant to the order adopted by the Senate on June 21, 2021, the Senate proceeded to the taking of the deferred standing vote on the motion of the Honourable Senator Wells, seconded by the Honourable Senator Plett, for the third reading of Bill C-218, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sports betting).

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCarignanCordyCormierCotterDagenaisDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DuncanForestFrumGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHousakosJafferKlyneLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaLovelace NicholasManningMarshallMartinMarwahMercerMocklerMunsonNgoOhPattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSmithStewart OlsenTannasWallinWellsWetston—57

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBattersBonifaceChristmasCoyleDeanDowneForest-NiesingFrancisGalvezHartlingKutcherMcCallumMcPhedranMiville-DechêneMoncionPateSimonsWhiteWoo—20

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

DalphondDaskoDupuisMacDonaldMégie—5

Accordingly, Bill C-218 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 without amendment.

Commons Public Bills – Third Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Griffin, seconded by the Honourable Senator Black (Alberta), for the third reading of Bill C-208, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (transfer of small business or family farm or fishing corporation).

Debate.

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy), to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Gold, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, that the bill be placed on the Orders of the Day for a second reading at the next sitting.

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

Other Business

Commons Public Bills – Third Reading

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Griffin, seconded by the Honourable Senator Black (Alberta), for the third reading of Bill C-208, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (transfer of small business or family farm or fishing corporation).

After debate,

In amendment, the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cordy:

That Bill C-208 be not now read a third time, but that it be amended, in clause 2,

(a) on page 1, by replacing lines 26 to 30 with the following:

“length if

(i) the purchaser corporation is controlled by one or more children or grandchildren of the taxpayer who are 18 years of age or older,

(ii) the purchaser corporation does not dispose of the subject shares within 60 months of their purchase, and

(iii) prescribed conditions are met.”;

(b) on page 3, by adding the following after line 19:

(3) Subsections (1) and (2) apply in respect of dispositions that occur after January 1, 2022.

(4) The Minister of Finance must prepare a report on the tax integrity implications of this Act.

(5) The Minister of Finance must cause the report to be tabled in each House of Parliament no later than one year after the date on which this Act receives royal assent, or, if either House is not then sitting, on any of the first 15 days on which that House is subsequently sitting.”.

After debate,

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBellemareBoehmBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauChristmasCordyCotterCoyleDalphondDaskoDawsonDeanDuncanForest-NiesingFrancisGagnéGoldHarderLaBoucane-BensonLovelace NicholasMarwahMercerMoncionMunsonRinguetteSaint-GermainSimonsWoo—31

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBattersBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoisvenuBussonCampbellCarignanDagenaisDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DowneForestGalvezGreeneGriffinHartlingHousakosKutcherLankinLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMiville-DechêneMocklerMoodieNgoOhPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierRavaliaRichardsSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenWallinWells—45

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

BernardCormierDupuisKlyneWetston—5


Pursuant to rule 3-3(1) and the orders adopted by the Senate on October 27, 2020, and December 17, 2020, the Speaker left the Chair to resume the same at 7 p.m.

The sitting resumed.

Commons Public Bills – Third Reading

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Griffin, seconded by the Honourable Senator Black (Alberta), for the third reading of Bill C-208, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (transfer of small business or family farm or fishing corporation).

The question being put on the motion, 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.

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1, 2 and 3 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Resuming debate on 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).

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 McPhedran moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs.

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

o o o

Orders No. 5, 6, 7 and 8 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Sinclair, seconded by the Honourable Senator Pate, for the second reading of Bill S-218, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (great apes, elephants and certain other animals).

The Honourable Senator Plett moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin, 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. 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Boniface, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo, for the second reading of Bill S-229, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy for the decriminalization of illegal substances, to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Oh, 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. 16 and 17 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Second reading of Bill S-233, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal interest rate).

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

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Martin 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.

o o o

Second reading of Bill S-234, An Act to amend the Investment Canada Act (mandatory national security review of investments by foreign state-owned enterprises).

The Honourable Senator Ngo moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Wells, that the bill be read the second time.

After debate,

The Honourable Senator Duncan 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

Orders No. 20, 21 and 22 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Frum, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin, for the second reading of Bill C-204, An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (final disposal of plastic waste).

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 Martin moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Batters, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources.

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

Reports of Committees – Other

Consideration of the third report (interim) of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, entitled Forced and Coerced Sterilization of Persons in Canada, tabled in the Senate on June 3, 2021.

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

That the third report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights tabled on June 3, 2021, be adopted and that, pursuant to rule 12-24(1), the Senate request a complete and detailed response from the government, with the Minister of Health being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report, in consultation with the Minister of Indigenous Services and the Minister for Women and Gender Equality.

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

o o o

Consideration of the fourth report (interim) of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, entitled Human Rights of Federally-Sentenced Persons, tabled in the Senate on June 16, 2021.

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

That the fourth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights tabled on June 16, 2021, be adopted and that, pursuant to rule 12-24(1), the Senate request a complete and detailed response from the government, with the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness being identified as minister responsible for responding to the report, in consultation with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Minister of Indigenous Services, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, as well as the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth.

The Honourable Senator Martin 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 the following vote:

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

BattersBlack (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBussonCotterDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDupuisForestFrancisGagnéGalvezGoldGriffinHarderKlyneLaBoucane-BensonLoffredaMacDonaldManningMartinMarwahMocklerNgoPattersonSeidmanSmithWallinWhite—34

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

BernardCampbellCordyCoyleDuncanForest-NiesingLankinMcCallumMcPhedranMoodiePateRavaliaSaint-GermainTannasWetstonWoo—16

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBellemareCormierMégieSimons—5

ADJOURNMENT

At 9:13 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.

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

Proposed Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Firearms Act, pursuant to the Act, S.C. 1995, c. 39, sbs. 118(1).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-943.

Revised Copy of the Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Belarus) Regulations (P.C. 2021-610), pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act, S.C. 1992, c. 17, sbs. 7(1).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-944.

Copy of the Regulations Amending the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials (Ukraine) Regulations (P.C. 2021-589), pursuant to the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, S.C. 2011, c. 10, s. 7.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-945.

Report on the administration and enforcement of the Energy Efficiency Act for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, pursuant to the Act, S.C. 1992, c. 36, s. 36.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-946.

Annual Report 2020-21 of the Senate Ethics Officer, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, s. 20.7.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-947.

Legislative Costing Note of the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled Update: Bill C-206 - Extension of the exemption for qualifying farming fuel to marketable natural gas and propane, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2)—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-948.

Legislative Costing Note of the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled Interest-free Loans for Home Retrofits, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-949.

Legislative Costing Note of the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled Increasing Old Age Security for Canadians 75 and Over, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-950.

Report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer entitled Beyond Paris: Reducing Canada’s GHG Emissions by 2030, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-951.

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

Reply to Question No. 144 dated March 16, 2021, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-952S.

Reply to Question No. 148 dated March 30, 2021, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding Canadian citizens detained or imprisoned in China.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-953S.

Reply to Question No. 166 dated April 30, 2021, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding the Canada Council of the Arts – follow-up to written question 4.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-954S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on February 9, 2021, by the Honourable Senator Ravalia, concerning human rights in Sri Lanka—cremation policy.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-955S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 16, 2021, by the Honourable Senator Wallin, concerning funding for equitable library access.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-956S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 16, 2021, by the Honourable Senator Seidman, concerning funding for equitable library access.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-957S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 17, 2021, by the Honourable Senator Bovey, concerning funding for equitable library access.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-958S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 17, 2021, by the Honourable Senator Keating, concerning the restoration of air service to New Brunswick.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-959S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on March 26, 2021, by the Honourable Senator Patterson, concerning funding for a treatment centre.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-960S.

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on April 20, 2021, by the Honourable Senator McPhedran, concerning Budget 2021.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-961S.

Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Honourable Senator Dagenais replaced the Honourable Senator Tannas (June 22, 2021).