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67 Elizabeth II , A.D. 2018, Canada

1st Session, 42nd Parliament

Issue 224 (Unrevised)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
1:30 p.m.

The Honourable GEORGE J. FUREY, Speaker


The Members convened were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoisvenuBonifaceBoveyCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDayDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggletonForestFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

The Members in attendance to business were:

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBellemareBernardBeyakBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BoisvenuBonifaceBoveyCampbellCarignanChristmasCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDagenaisDalphondDaskoDawsonDayDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDoyleDuffyDupuisDyckEatonEggletonForestFrumFureyGagnéGalvezGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingHousakosJafferJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcCoyMcInnisMcIntyreMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMocklerMoncionMunsonNgoOhOmidvarPatePattersonPetitclercPlettPoirierPratteRavaliaRichardsRinguetteSaint-GermainSeidmanSmithStewart OlsenTannasTkachukVernerWallinWellsWetstonWhiteWoo

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

Tributes

Tribute was paid to the Honourable Senator Cools, who will retire from the Senate on August 12, 2018.

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

Tabling of Documents

The Honourable the Speaker tabled the following:

Report of the Senate Ethics Officer, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, pursuant to the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. P-1, sbs. 20.7.—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2174S.

Government Notices of Motions

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C.:

That, at 4 p.m. today, the Senate resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole in order to receive Mr. Yves Giroux respecting his appointment as Parliamentary Budget Officer;

That the Committee of the Whole report to the Senate no later than 60 minutes after it begins;

That any business underway at 4 p.m. be interrupted, to resume after the committee has reported;

That, if a standing vote would conflict with the Committee of the Whole, the vote be postponed until immediately after the committee has reported; and

That, if the bells are ringing for a vote at 4 p.m., they be interrupted for the Committee of the Whole at that time, and resume thereafter for the balance of any time remaining.

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

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With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Black (Alberta):

That, notwithstanding rule 3-1(1) and the order adopted by the Senate on February 4, 2016, when the Senate meets on Thursday, June 21, 2018, it meet at 9:30 a.m.; and

That committees have power to sit on Thursday, June 21, 2018, even though the Senate may then be sitting, with the provisions of rule 12-18(1) being suspended in relation thereto.

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-59, An Act respecting national security matters, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mitchell, 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.

Notices of Motions

With leave of the Senate,

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C.:

That photographers and camera operators be authorized in the Senate Chamber to photograph and videotape the next Royal Assent ceremony, with the least possible disruption of the proceedings.

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

Orders of the Day

Government Business

Bills – Third Reading

Third reading of Bill C-80, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019.

The Honourable Senator Bellemare moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., that the bill be read for a third time.

After debate,

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.

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Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, for the third reading of Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration Act.

After debate,

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

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

BattersBeyakCordyDawsonDayDowneDyckEggletonHousakosJafferJoyalLovelace NicholasMacDonaldMercerMunson—15

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBlack (Alberta)Black (Ontario)BonifaceBoveyCampbellChristmasCormierCoyleDalphondDaskoDeacon (Ontario)DoyleDupuisEatonForestFrumGagnéGoldGreeneGriffinHarderHartlingLankinMaltaisManningMartinMarwahMassicotteMcPhedranMégieMitchellMocklerMoncionOhOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRavaliaRinguetteSeidmanSmithTannasVernerWallinWellsWhiteWoo—49

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBernardBoisvenuCarignanDagenaisDeacon (Nova Scotia)GalvezMarshallMcCallumMcInnisMcIntyreNgoPattersonPlettPoirierRichardsSaint-GermainStewart OlsenTkachukWetston—21

The question being put on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, for the third reading of Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration Act, 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

Orders No. 1 to 4 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

Reports of Committees – Other

Orders No. 12 and 13 and 15 to 17 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

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Resuming debate on the consideration of the twenty-ninth report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance (Subject matter of Bill C-74, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures), tabled in the Senate on June 12, 2018.

Debate concluded.

Motions

Orders No. 1 and 193 were called and postponed until the next sitting.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

At 4 p.m., pursuant to the order adopted on June 20, 2018, the Senate was suspended during pleasure and resolved into a Committee of the Whole in order to receive Mr. Yves Giroux respecting his appointment as Parliamentary Budget Officer, the Honourable Senator Eaton in the Chair.

—In the Committee—

Pursuant to the order adopted on June 20, 2018, Mr. Yves Giroux was escorted to a seat in the Senate Chamber.

Debate.


The sitting of the Senate resumed.

The Chair of the Committee informed the Senate that the Committee had heard the witness.

Motions

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mitchell:

That, in accordance with subsection 79.1(1) of the Parliament of Canada Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. P-1, the Senate approve the appointment of Yves Giroux as Parliamentary Budget Officer.

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

Inquiries

Order No. 3 was called and postponed until the next sitting.

MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-21, An Act to amend the Customs Act, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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.

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A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-62, An Act to amend the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act and other Acts, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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.

o o o

A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-68, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, 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.

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A message was brought from the House of Commons with Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.

The bill was read the first time.

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mitchell, 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.

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A message was brought from the House of Commons to return Bill S-218, An Act respecting Latin American Heritage Month,

And to acquaint the Senate that the Commons has passed this bill, without amendment.

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A message was brought from the House of Commons to return Bill C-50, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (political financing),

And to acquaint the Senate that the Commons has agreed to the amendment made by the Senate to this bill, without amendment.

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A message was brought from the House of Commons in the following words:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

ORDERED,—That a message be sent to the Senate to acquaint their Honours that, in relation to Bill C-46, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, the House:

agrees with amendments 1, 2(d), 2(e), 2(f), 3 and 4 made by the Senate;

respectfully disagrees with amendment 2(a) because it indirectly amends the immigration legal framework through a criminal law statute and would treat impaired driving offences differently from other serious criminal offences, including other transportation offences;

respectfully disagrees with amendments 2(b), (c) and (g) because mandatory alcohol screening is a proven traffic safety measure that will deter impaired driving and save lives.

 ATTEST

Charles Robert

The Clerk of the House of Commons

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare:

That the message be taken into consideration now.

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

The Honourable Senator Harder, P.C., moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mitchell:

That the Senate do not insist on its amendments 2(a), 2(b), 2(c) and 2(g) to Bill C-46, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, to which the House of Commons has disagreed; and

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

After debate,

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

DEFERRED VOTES

At 5:30 p.m., pursuant to rule 9-10(2), the Senate proceeded to the taking of the deferred standing vote on the subamendment of the Honourable Senator Plett, to the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Tannas, to the motion of the Honourable Senator Sinclair, seconded by the Honourable Senator Gold, for the third reading of Bill S-203, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts (ending the captivity of whales and dolphins), as amended.

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

YEAS

The Honourable Senators

AndreychukAtaullahjanBattersBeyakBlack (Ontario)BoisvenuDagenaisDoyleEatonFrumGreeneHousakosMaltaisManningMarshallMartinMocklerMoncionNgoOhPattersonPlettPoirierRichardsSeidmanSmithTannasTkachukVernerWallinWellsWhite—32

NAYS

The Honourable Senators

BellemareBernardBlack (Alberta)BonifaceBoveyChristmasCoolsCordyCormierCoyleDalphondDaskoDawsonDayDeacon (Nova Scotia)Deacon (Ontario)DeanDowneDuffyDupuisDyckEggletonForestGagnéGalvezGoldGriffinHarderHartlingJafferJoyalLankinLovelace NicholasMarwahMassicotteMcCallumMcPhedranMégieMercerMitchellMunsonOmidvarPatePetitclercPratteRavaliaRinguetteSaint-GermainStewart OlsenWetstonWoo—51

ABSTENTIONS

The Honourable Senators

CampbellCarignanMacDonaldMcIntyre—4


Ordered, That the Senate adopt the following:

1.Order No. 91 under Other Business – Reports of Committees – Other (Thirteenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights (Supplementary budget—study on the issues relating to the human rights of prisoners in the correctional system), presented in the Senate on June 7, 2018);

2.Motion No. 359 standing in the name of the Honourable Senator Greene on the Notice Paper (That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, the date for the final report of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization in relation to its study of methods to make the Senate more effective within the current constitutional framework be extended from June 29, 2018 to December 31, 2018);

3.Motion No. 360 standing in the name of the Honourable Senator Mercer on the Notice Paper (That, for the purposes of meeting on Monday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector:

(a) be authorized to sit even though the Senate may then be sitting, with the application of rule 12-18(1) being suspended in relation thereto; and

(b) be authorized, notwithstanding rule 12-18(2), to meet from Monday to Friday, even though the Senate may then be adjourned for more than a week;

4.Motion No. 361 standing in the name of the Honourable Senator Tkachuk on the Notice Paper (That the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications be authorized to examine and report on how the three federal communications statutes (the Telecommunications Act, the Broadcasting Act, and the Radiocommunication Act) can be modernized to account for the evolution of the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors in the last decades. Some of the main issues the study would examine will include:

(a) how the three statutes may promote the creation, production and distribution of competitive, quality Canadian content in both French and English;

(b) the realities and challenges of Canadian consumers, businesses, broadcasters, artists and artisans;

(c) blurring of the distinction between broadcasting and telecommunications;

(d) fragmentation of services;

(e) corporate consolidation and concentration;

(f) Canadian content;

(g) CBC/Radio-Canada;

(h) foreign ownership constraints;

(i) low participation and Information and Communications Technology Development Index score;

(j) lack of a national broadband strategy;

(k) net neutrality; and

(l) statutory authority and the role of the CRTC; and

That the committee report to the Senate no later than June 28, 2019, and that it retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report); and

5.Motion No. 366 standing in the name of the Honourable Senator Mockler on the Notice Paper (That the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance be permitted, notwithstanding usual practices, to deposit with the Clerk of the Senate, between June 21, 2018 and July 31, 2018, if the Senate is not then sitting, an interim report relating to its study of the Phoenix pay system as part of its general order of reference, and that the report be deemed to have been tabled in the Chamber).

ADJOURNMENT

At 5:55 p.m., pursuant to the orders adopted by the Senate on February 4, 2016, and on May 29, 2018, the Senate adjourned until 9:30 a.m., tomorrow.

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

Copy of the Directive to Export Development Canada regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (P.C. 2018-683), pursuant to the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. F-11, sbs. 89(4).—Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2172.

Government response to the nineteenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance, entitled Getting Ready: For a new generation of active seniors, deposited with the Clerk of the Senate on June 20, 2018. —Sessional Paper No. 1/42-2173S.

(Pursuant to rule 12-24(4), the report and the response were deemed referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance.)


Changes in Membership of Committees Pursuant to Rule 12-5

Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

The Honourable Senator Manning replaced the Honourable Senator Tannas (June 20, 2018).

The Honourable Senator Frum replaced the Honourable Senator Tkachuk (June 20, 2018).

Corrigenda

(Journals of the Senate of Thursday, May 24, 2018)

Add the names of the Honourable Senators *Boniface, *Cordy, *Day and *Greene to the list of Members in attendance to business.

(Journals of the Senate of Tuesday, May 29, 2018)

Add the names of the Honourable Senators *Cordy, *Day, *Greene and *White to the list of Members in attendance to business.