Judges Act—Criminal Code

Bill to Amend--Second Reading--Debate

February 9, 2021


Hon. Pierre J. Dalphond
[20:51]

We are ready for the question.

Hon. Donald Neil Plett (Leader of the Opposition)
[20:51]

Your Honour, I would like to move the adjournment of the debate of this, please.

The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore
[20:51]

It is moved by the Honourable Senator Plett, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin, that further debate be adjourned to the next sitting of the Senate. If you are opposed to the motion, please say, “nay.”

The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore
[20:51]

If you agree to the motion, please say, “yea.”

The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore
[20:51]

I believe the “yeas” have it.

Hon. Yuen Pau Woo
[20:51]

Will you ask the question again, please?

Senator Plett
[20:52]

I think it was pretty clear, Your Honour. We can’t ask for you to repeat it.

The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore
[20:52]

It was moved by the Honourable Senator Plett and seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin that the debate be adjourned. If you are opposed, say “no.”

The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore
[20:52]

Those in favour of the motion in the Senate chamber, please say “yea.”

The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore
[20:52]

Those opposed in the Senate chamber say “nay.”

The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore
[20:52]

I believe the “yeas” have it.

The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore
[20:52]

Two senators indicate they wish a standing vote. Do we have a bell?

Senator Plett
[20:53]

Six minutes.

Senator Gagné
[20:53]

No.

[20:53]

Let’s have some sanity. I would rather move the adjournment of the Senate.

The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore
[20:53]

It is an hour bell because there is no agreement. Is it agreed for a six-minute bell?

The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore
[20:53]

The vote will occur at 8:59. Call in the senators.

The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore: Honourable senators, the question is as follows: It was moved by the Honourable Senator Plett, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin, that further debate be adjourned to the next sitting of the Senate.

Senator Dalphond
[21:10]

I’d like to explain why I abstained.

I know that many Canadians are currently watching and have been able to appreciate the gravity of the questions and arguments that have been debated in this chamber over the course of the day and since yesterday. However, I’m sad that this evening is ending on a partisan note, and that is why I refused to vote and participate in what I feel is a regrettable end-of-day proceeding. Thank you.