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70 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2021, Canada

2nd Session, 43rd Parliament

Issue 56 (Unrevised)

Tuesday, June 29, 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-NiesingFrancisFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMocklerMoncionMoodieMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSimonsSmithStewart OlsenTannasVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndersonAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBoisvenuBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellCarignanChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-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.

Question Period

The Senate proceeded to Question Period.


At 2:24 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 2:25 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Question Period

The Senate resumed Question Period.

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Third Reading

Third reading 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.

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

After debate,

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderJafferKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMoncionMoodiePatePetitclercRavaliaRinguetteSaint-GermainSimonsTannasVernerWetstonWhiteWoo—60

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBattersBoisvenuCarignanHousakosMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMocklerNgoOhPattersonPlettRichardsSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenWells—19

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

DagenaisWallin—2

Accordingly, Bill C-12 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.

Bills – Second Reading

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Dawson, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gold, P.C., for the second reading of Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts.

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 Dawson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, that the bill be referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications.

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

o o o

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

Bills – Third Reading

Third reading of Bill C-30, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 19, 2021 and other measures.

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

Debate.


Pursuant to rule 3-3(1) and the orders adopted by the Senate on October 27, 2020, December 17, 2020, and June 23, 2021, the Speaker left the Chair to resume the same at 7 p.m.

The sitting resumed.

Bills – Third Reading

The Senate resumed debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Moncion, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gagné, for the third reading of Bill C-30, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 19, 2021 and other measures.

After debate,

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoehmBonifaceBoveyBoyerBrazeauBussonCampbellChristmasCordyCormierCotterCoyleDalphondDaskoDawsonDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisGagnéGalvezGoldGriffinHarderHartlingJafferKlyneKutcherLaBoucane-BensonLankinLoffredaMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMiville-DechêneMoncionMoodieMunsonPatePetitclercRavaliaRinguetteSaint-GermainSimonsTannasVernerWallinWetstonWhiteWoo—63

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBattersBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisHousakosMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMocklerNgoOhPattersonPlettSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenWells—19

ABSTENTION

The Honourable Senator

Greene—1

Accordingly, Bill C-30 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.

Reports of Committees – Other

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

Motions

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

o o o

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, September 21, 2021, at 2 p.m.

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

SPEAKER'S RULING

Honourable senators, I am ready to rule on the point of order raised during yesterday’s sitting with respect to the question being put on motion 79.

Colleagues will recall that, after Senator Housakos had exercised his right of final reply, I started to read the question on the motion. When I asked if there was leave to dispense with reading the entire motion, there was a senator who said “no”. This created some confusion. In order to ensure clarity, we restarted the process, and this time there was leave to dispense. I then put the question on the main motion, and, as has been the case throughout our hybrid sittings, I asked senators who were opposed to the motion to say “no”.

It soon became evident, however, that some honourable senators were not entirely clear as to where we were in the voting process. On the video recording of the sitting, a senator can be heard to say “We’re having a vote”, even when, to some, it seemed that the Senate had passed that point in the voting process. Senators Moncion and Lankin explained that, because of their internet connections, there is sometimes a lag in what they hear, and they had not appreciated the stage the Senate had reached in the voting process.

Honourable senators, in all our proceedings — and especially during our hybrid sittings — good will and cooperation are necessary to facilitate the conduct of business. In this case, there clearly was confusion about dispensing with reading the question. While this was compounded by the technical challenges some honourable colleagues faced, this was not the only cause, since some senators in the Senate Chamber also expressed a level of misunderstanding as to what had occurred. We ought to take our colleagues at their word when they say that, for various reasons, they did not realize how far the process had advanced.

Senators, as members of this house, must have a clear understanding as to what we are voting on. We must be very cautious about making significant decisions when some senators clearly, and for perhaps understandable reasons, had not realized how the process was proceeding and the stage that had been reached. When we sit in person, such misunderstandings become apparent much more quickly, and we can deal with them as they arise. Such is not always the case when we sit virtually.

Honourable senators, let me be clear that this ruling, as in all my rulings, is not influenced by comments about an appeal. This ruling is based on the particular circumstances of the situation we faced yesterday and is solely driven by a desire to be as fair as possible to all senators, in light of the misunderstandings. While all senators are welcome to engage in debate on a point of order, they should limit their comments to arguments on the merits.

This being said, in this particular set of circumstances, I am forced to come to the conclusion that we should consider the process of putting the question on motion 79 to be incomplete. All other proceedings on the motion have concluded. In light of these unusual circumstances, we will now deal with the motion, following through with the voting process in an orderly manner.

Before we continue in this way, I again thank honourable colleagues for their cooperation and understanding.

Motions

The Senate proceeded to the motion of the Honourable Senator Housakos, seconded by the Honourable Senator McPhedran:

That,

(a)in the opinion of the Senate, the People’s Republic of China has engaged in actions consistent with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 260, commonly known as the “Genocide Convention”, including detention camps and measures intended to prevent births as it pertains to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims; and

(b)given that (i) where possible, it has been the policy of the Government of Canada to act in concert with its allies when it comes to the recognition of a genocide, (ii) there is a bipartisan consensus in the United States where it has been the position of two consecutive administrations that Uyghur and other Turkic Muslims are being subjected to a genocide by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Senate, therefore, recognize that a genocide is currently being carried out by the People’s Republic of China against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims, call upon the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Olympic Games if the Chinese government continues this genocide and call on the government to officially adopt this position; and

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

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AtaullahjanBattersBlack (Alberta)BoisvenuCarignanDowneGreeneGriffinHousakosJafferMacDonaldManningMarshallMartinMcCallumMcPhedranMiville-DechêneMocklerMunsonNgoPatePattersonPlettSeidmanSimonsSmithTannasWallinWhite—29

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

AndersonBellemareBlack (Ontario)BoehmBonifaceBoveyBoyerBussonCordyDaskoDawsonDeanDuncanDupuisForestForest-NiesingFrancisHarderHartlingKlyneKutcherLoffredaMarwahMassicotteMégieMercerMoncionMoodiePetitclercRinguetteSaint-GermainWetstonWoo—33

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

BernardBrazeauCormierCotterCoyleDagenaisDalphondDeacon (Nova Scotia)GagnéGalvezGoldLaBoucane-BensonLankin—13

Senate Public Bills – Second Reading

Orders No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Commons Public Bills – Second Reading

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

Motions

Orders No. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 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 McCallum, seconded by the Honourable Senator Loffreda:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources be authorized to examine and report on the cumulative impacts of resource extraction and development, and their effects on environmental, economic and social considerations, when and if the committee is formed; and

That the committee submit its final report no later than December 31, 2021.

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Tannas, seconded by the Honourable Senator Seidman:

That the motion be not now adopted, but that it be amended by adding, before the word “impacts”, the words “positive and negative”.

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

The Senate resumed debate on the motion, as amended, of the Honourable Senator McCallum, seconded by the Honourable Senator Loffreda:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources be authorized to examine and report on the cumulative positive and negative impacts of resource extraction and development, and their effects on environmental, economic and social considerations, when and if the committee is formed; and

That the committee submit its final report no later than December 31, 2021.

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

o o o

Orders No. 18, 28, 31 and 39 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator McCallum, seconded by the Honourable Senator McPhedran:

That the Senate of Canada call on the federal government to adopt anti-racism as the sixth pillar of the Canada Health Act, prohibiting discrimination based on race and affording everyone the equal right to the protection and benefit of the law.

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. 43 was 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:

That, in light of a recent Nanos poll demonstrating strong support amongst Canadians to provide a way for temporary foreign workers to remain in Canada, the Senate call on the Government of Canada to create pathways to citizenship or permanent residency for essential temporary migrant workers across all sectors; and

That the Senate call on the Government of Canada to table a status report on this issue within 100 days of the adoption of this order.

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

o o o

Orders No. 65 and 69 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Ngo, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin:

That the Senate note that, by adopting the Journey to Freedom Day Act on April 23, 2015, and taking into account the first two elements of the preamble of the said Act, the Parliament of Canada unequivocally recognized violations of:

(a)the Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Viet-Nam and its protocols (Paris Peace Accords); and

(b)the Act of the International Conference on Viet-Nam; and

That the Senate urge the Government of Canada to call upon six or more of the current parties to the Act of the International Conference on Viet-Nam, which include Canada, France, Hungary, Indonesia, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, amongst others, to agree to the reconvention of the International Conference on Viet-Nam pursuant to Article 7(b) of the Act of the International Conference on Viet-Nam in order to settle disputes between the signatory parties due to the violations of the terms of the Paris Peace Accords and the Act of the International Conference on Viet-Nam.

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

WRITTEN DECLARATION OF ROYAL ASSENT

At 10:14 p.m., the Honourable the Speaker informed the Senate that the following communication had been received:

RIDEAU HALL

June 29, 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 29th day of June, 2021, at 9:46 p.m.

Yours sincerely,

Ian McCowan

Secretary to the Governor General

The Honourable

The Speaker of the Senate

Ottawa

Schedule

Bills Assented To

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (bereavement leave) (Bill C-220, Chapter 17, 2021)

An Act to establish a federal framework to reduce recidivism (Bill C-228, Chapter 18, 2021)

An Act to establish a national framework for diabetes (Bill C-237, Chapter 19, 2021)

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sports betting) (Bill C-218, Chapter 20, 2021)

An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (transfer of small business or family farm or fishing corporation) (Bill C-208, Chapter 21, 2021)

An Act respecting transparency and accountability in Canada’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050 (Bill C-12, Chapter 22, 2021)

An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 19, 2021 and other measures (Bill C-30, Chapter 23, 2021)

Other Business

Motions

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Forest-Niesing, seconded by the Honourable Senator Woo:

That the Senate:

1.express its concern about the closure at Laurentian University in Sudbury, of 58 undergraduate programs and 11 graduate programs, including 28 French-language programs, representing 58% of its French-language programs, and the dismissal of 110 professors, nearly half of whom are French speaking;

2.reiterate its solidarity with the Franco-Ontarian community;

3.recall the essential role of higher education in French for the vitality of the Franco-Canadian and Acadian communities and the responsibility to defend and promote linguistic rights, as expressed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Official Languages Act; and

4.urge the government of Canada to take all necessary steps, in accordance with its jurisdiction, to ensure the vitality and development of official language minority communities.

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

o o o

Order No. 89 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

Inquiries

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

o o o

Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Seidman, calling the attention of the Senate to weaknesses within Canada’s long-term care system, which have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Debate concluded.

o o o

Orders No. 7 and 9 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Omidvar, calling the attention of the Senate to the link between Canada’s past, present and future prosperity and its deep connection to immigration.

Debate concluded.

o o o

Order No. 12 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

o o o

Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Simons, calling the attention of the Senate to the pandemic-related fiscal crisis facing NAV CANADA and its impact on levels of air traffic control and public safety services at regional airports across Canada.

Debate concluded.

INQUIRIES

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., called the attention of the Senate to the role and mandate of the RCMP, the skills and capabilities required for it to fulfill its role and mandate, and how it should be organized and resourced in the 21st century.

After debate,

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

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

o o o

The Honourable Senator Cordy called the attention of the Senate to the career of the Honourable Senator Jim Munson.

Debate.

ADJOURNMENT

At midnight, pursuant to the order adopted by the Senate on June 23, 2021, the Senate adjourned until Tuesday, September 21, 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 Fiscal Sustainability Report 2021, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 79.2(2).—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-966.

Charter Statement prepared by the Minister of Justice in relation to 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. 2/43-967.

Charter Statement prepared by the Minister of Justice in relation to Bill C-30, An act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 19, 2021 and other measures.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-968.

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, AND JUNE 23, 2021

Response to the oral question asked in the Senate on June 2, 2021, by the Honourable Senator Richards, concerning Canada-China Relations.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-969S.

Reply to Question No. 93 dated December 1, 2020, appearing on the Order Paper and Notice Paper in the name of the Honourable Senator Plett, regarding a contract awarded to Agilec.—Sessional Paper No. 2/43-970S.