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The Senate of Canada

Order Paper and Notice Paper


Issue 114

Tuesday, September 18, 2007
2:00 p.m.

Orders of the Day

Notice Paper

Questions


The Order Paper and Notice Paper is a document that guides the deliberations of the Senate and lists items of business currently before it. These items are listed in several different categories and in a priority according to an arrangement adopted by the Senate as stipulated in the rules. The majority of these items constitute the Orders of the Day which are called following the daily Routine of Business.  These items are themselves divided into two principal categories - government business and other business. Within each of these two categories are items for bills, motions, inquiries and reports of committees.

The Notice Paper contains the text of motions and inquiries not yet called for debate. 

The Order Paper and Notice Paper is prepared every day in advance of the actual sitting.


Daily Routine of Business

1. Senators' Statements.

2. Tabling of Documents.

3. Presentation of Reports from Standing or Special Committees.

4. Government Notices of Motions.

5. Introduction and First Reading of Government Bills.

6. Introduction and First Reading of Senate Public Bills.

7. First Reading of Commons Public Bills.

8. Reading of Petitions for Private Bills.

9. Introduction and First Reading of Private Bills.

10. Tabling of Reports from Inter-Parliamentary Delegations.

11. Notices of Motions.

12. Notices of Inquiries.

13. Presentation of Petitions.

14. Question Period.

15. Delayed Answers.

16. Orders of the Day.

17. Inquiries.

18. Motions.


ORDERS OF THE DAY

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Bills

No. 1.

June 18, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Nolin, seconded by the Honourable Senator Oliver, for the second reading of Bill C-23, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal procedure, language of the accused, sentencing and other amendments).

No. 2.

June 14, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Stratton, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, for the second reading of Bill C-10, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum penalties for offences involving firearms) and to make a consequential amendment to another Act.

No. 3.

June 5, 2007-Second reading of Bill C-35, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (reverse onus in bail hearings for firearm-related offences).

No. 4.

June 14, 2007-Second reading of Bill C-62, An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, the Wage Earner Protection Program Act and chapter 47 of the Statutes of Canada, 2005.

No. 5.

June 18, 2007-Second reading of Bill C-33, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act, including amendments in relation to foreign investment entities and non-resident trusts, and to provide for the bijural expression of the provisions of that Act.

Inquiries

No. 1.

March 29, 2007-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Comeau, calling the attention of the Senate to the Budget, entitled Aspire to a Stronger, Safer, Better Canada, tabled in the House of Commons on March 19, 2007 by the Honourable James M. Flaherty, P.C., M.P., Minister of Finance, and in the Senate on March 20, 2007.

Motions

No. 1.

February 22, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator LeBreton, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Di Nino:

1. That pursuant to subsection 83.32(1) of the Criminal Code, the application of sections 83.28, 83.29 and 83.3 of that Act be extended for a period of three years from the first day on which this resolution is passed by both Houses of Parliament.

2. That this Resolution come into force on the day on which it has been passed by both Houses of Parliament.

Reports of Committees

No. 1.

PURSUANT TO THE ORDER OF THE SENATE OF THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2007, A TWO DAYS' NOTICE OF MOTION FOR THE ADOPTION OF THIS REPORT WAS DEEMED GIVEN ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2007.

October 30, 2006-Resuming debate on the consideration of the first report of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Reform (subject-matter of Bill S-4, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Senate tenure)), tabled in the Senate on October 26, 2006.

No. 2.

February 22, 2007-Consideration of the third report (interim) of the Special Senate Committee on the Anti- terrorism Act, entitled: Fundamental Justice in Extraordinary Times: Main Report of the Special Senate Committee on the Anti-Terrorism Act, tabled in the Senate on February 22, 2007.

No. 3.

February 14, 2007-Consideration of the ninth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (proposed Regulations under Section 8 of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act), tabled in the Senate on February 14, 2007.

OTHER BUSINESS

Rule 27(3) states:

Unless previously ordered, any item under "Other Business'', "Inquiries'' and "Motions'' that has not been proceeded with during fifteen sittings shall be dropped from the Order Paper.

Consequently, the number appearing in parenthesis indicates the number of sittings since the item was last proceeded with.

Senate Public Bills

No. 1.

June 22, 2007-Third reading of Bill S-207, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children).-(Honourable Senator Andreychuk)

No. 2. (one)

May 8, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Mitchell, seconded by the Honourable Senator Peterson, for the second reading of Bill S-224, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Canadian Wheat Board Act.-(Honourable Senator Gustafson)

No. 3. (two)

May 10, 2006-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Grafstein, seconded by the Honourable Senator Joyal, P.C., for the second reading of Bill S-208, An Act to require the Minister of the Environment to establish, in co-operation with the provinces, an agency with the power to identify and protect Canada's watersheds that will constitute sources of drinking water in the future.-(Subject-matter referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources on June 19, 2007)

No. 4. (four)

June 13, 2007-Second reading of Bill S-229, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act and the Excise Tax Act (tax relief for Nunavik).-(Honourable Senator Watt)

No. 5. (eleven)

February 6, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Phalen, seconded by the Honourable Senator Day, for the second reading of Bill S-222, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and to enact certain other measures, in order to provide assistance and protection to victims of human trafficking.-(Honourable Senator Di Nino)

No. 6. (thirteen)

March 1, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Milne, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser, for the second reading of Bill S-223, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act.-(Honourable Senator Day)

No. 7. (six)

June 12, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Carney, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Murray, P.C., for the second reading of Bill S-225, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act (bulk water removal).-(Honourable Senator Segal)

No. 8. (seven)

June 7, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harb, seconded by the Honourable Senator Lovelace Nicholas, for the second reading of Bill S-228, An Act to amend the Non-smokers' Health Act.-(Honourable Senator Di Nino)

No. 9. (seven)

June 7, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Grafstein, seconded by the Honourable Senator Banks, for the second reading of Bill S-226, An Act to regulate securities and to provide for a single securities commission for Canada.-(Honourable Senator Nolin)

No. 10. (ten)

May 31, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Goldstein, seconded by the Honourable Senator Peterson, for the second reading of Bill S-227, An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (student loans). -(Honourable Senator Tkachuk)

No. 11. (seven)

November 7, 2006-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Harb, seconded by the Honourable Senator Keon, for the second reading of Bill S-221, An Act to establish and maintain a national registry of medical devices. -(Honourable Senator Comeau)

Commons Public Bills

No. 1. (two)

June 12, 2007-Resuming debate on the Honourable Senator Goldstein, seconded by the Honourable Senator Chaput, for the second reading of Bill C-280, An Act to Amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (coming into force of sections 110, 111 and 171).-(Honourable Senator Comeau)

No. 2. (thirteen)

May 9, 2007-Second reading of Bill C-299, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (identification information obtained by fraud or false pretence).-(Honourable Senator Comeau)

Private Bills

Nil

Reports of Committees

No. 1.

May 10, 2007-Resuming debate on the consideration of the sixteenth report of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration, (conduct of staff), tabled in the Senate on May 10, 2007.-(Honourable Senator Day)

No. 2. (one)

June 18, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Banks, seconded by the Honourable Senator Moore, for the adoption of the eighth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (Bill S-210, An Act to amend the National Capital Act (establishment and protection of Gatineau Park), with amendments and observations), presented in the Senate on June 7, 2007.-(Honourable Senator Comeau)

No. 3. (three)

June 18, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Keon, seconded by the Honourable Senator Segal, for the adoption of the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament, (amendments to the Rules of the Senate- reinstatement of bills from the previous session of the same Parliament), presented in the Senate on June 6, 2007. -(Honourable Senator Keon)

No. 4. (three)

April 24, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Atkins, seconded by the Honourable Senator Murray, P.C., for the adoption of the eleventh report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, entitled: Canadian Security Guide Book 2007 - Coasts, tabled in the Senate on March 27, 2007.-(Honourable Senator Tkachuk)

No. 5. (three)

April 24, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Atkins, seconded by the Honourable Senator Spivak, for the adoption of the ninth report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, entitled: Canadian Security Guide Book 2007 - Seaports, tabled in the Senate on March 21, 2007.-(Honourable Senator Tkachuk)

No. 6. (four)

April 25, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Di Nino, seconded by the Honourable Senator Nolin, for the adoption of the fourth report of the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament (amendments to the Rules of the Senate-questions of privilege and points of order), presented in the Senate on April 18, 2007.-(Honourable Senator Cools)

No. 7. (five)

February 8, 2007-Resuming debate on the consideration of the fourth report (interim), as amended, of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, entitled: Managing Turmoil, The Need to Upgrade Canadian Foreign Aid and Military Strength to Deal with Massive Change, tabled in the Senate on November 21, 2006.-(Honourable Senator Banks)

No. 8. (five)

June 12, 2007-Consideration of the sixteenth report (interim) of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, entitled: An Enduring Controversy: The Strategic Bombing Campaign Display in the Canadian War Museum, tabled in the Senate on June 12, 2007.-(Honourable Senator Kenny)

No. 9. (eight)

November 2, 2006-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Hays, seconded by the Honourable Senator Fraser, for the adoption of the second report of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Reform (motion to amend the Constitution of Canada (western regional representation in the Senate), without amendment but with observations), presented in the Senate on October 26, 2006;

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, seconded by the Honourable Senator Campbell, that the second report of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Reform be not now adopted but that the motion to amend the Constitution of Canada (western regional representation in the Senate), be amended as follows:

(a) by replacing, in the third paragraph of the motion, the words "British Columbia be made a separate division represented by 12 Senators;'' with the following:

"British Columbia be made a separate division represented by 24 Senators;'';

(b) by replacing, in clause 1 of the Schedule to the motion, in section 21, the words "consist of One hundred and seventeen Members'' with the following:

"consist of One hundred and twenty-nine Members'';

(c) by replacing, in clause 1 of the Schedule to the motion, in section 22, the words "British Columbia by Twelve Senators;'' with the following:

"British Columbia by Twenty-four Senators;'';

(d) by striking out, in clause 2 of the Schedule to the motion, in section 27, the words "or, in the case of British Columbia, Twelve Senators,''; and

(e) by replacing, in clause 2 of the Schedule to the motion, in section 28, the words "exceed One hundred and twenty-seven.'' with the following:

"exceed One hundred and thirty-nine.''.-(Honourable Senator Cowan)

No. 10. (twelve)

March 20, 2007-Consideration of the eighth report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, entitled: Canadian Security Guide Book 2007 - Airports, tabled in the Senate on March 20, 2007.-(Honourable Senator Kenny)

No. 11. (twelve)

March 26, 2007-Consideration of the tenth report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, entitled: Canadian Security Guide Book 2007 - Border Crossings, tabled in the Senate on March 26, 2007.-(Honourable Senator Kenny)

No. 12. (nine)

February 13, 2007-Resuming debate on the consideration of the sixth report (interim) of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, entitled: Understanding Freefall: The Challenge of the Rural Poor, tabled in the Senate on December 13, 2006.-(Honourable Senator Peterson)

No. 13. (thirteen)

February 20, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Segal, seconded by the Honourable Senator Keon, that the seventh report of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade entitled Overcoming 40 Years Of Failure: A New Road Map For Sub-Saharan Africa, tabled in the Senate on February 15, 2007, be adopted and that, pursuant to rule 131(2), the Senate request a complete and detailed response from the government, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of International Trade, the Minister of International Cooperation and the Minister of National Defence being identified as Ministers responsible for responding to the report.-(Honourable Senator De Bané, P.C.)

Other

No. 178. (motion)

June 7, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Moore, seconded by the Honourable Senator Phalen:

That an humble Address be presented to Her Excellency the Governor General praying that she will fill the vacancies in the Senate by summons to fit and qualified persons.-(Honourable Senator Carstairs, P.C.)

No. 167. (motion)

May 1, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Segal, seconded by the Honourable Senator Keon:

That the Senate call upon the Government of Canada to engage in negotiations with the European Union towards a free trade agreement, in order to encourage investment and free movement of people and capital.-(Honourable Senator Di Nino)

No. 35. (two) (inquiry)

June 19, 2007-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Keon calling the attention of the Senate to the state of research in Canada.-(Honourable Senator Losier-Cool)

No. 8. (three) (inquiry)

June 13, 2006-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Tardif calling the attention of the Senate to questions concerning post-secondary education in Canada. -(Honourable Senator Hubley)

No. 6. (three) (inquiry)

June 28, 2006-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Mitchell calling the attention of the Senate to the stated intention of the Canadian government to weaken the Kyoto Protocol, and to dismantle 15 climate change programs, including the One-Tonne Challenge and the EnerGuide program. -(Honourable Senator Banks)

No. 31. (three) (inquiry)

May 8, 2007-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Moore calling the attention of the Senate to the matters of the Canada Social Transfer and the Canada Health Transfer contained in the Harper budget tabled on 19 March 2007.-(Honourable Senator Robichaud, P.C.)

No. 32. (three) (inquiry)

June 18, 2007-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Mitchell calling the attention of the Senate to the need to review the Temporary Foreign Workers program in order to ensure that it alleviates the difficulties businesses have in circumstances of legitimate labour shortage, without exploiting foreign workers or undermining Canadian labour.-(Honourable Senator Oliver)

No. 140. (four) (motion)

February 7, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Di Nino, seconded by the Honourable Senator Andreychuk:

That the Senate urge the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Dalai Lama, notwithstanding their differences on Tibet's historical relationship with China, to continue their dialogue in a forward-looking manner that will lead to pragmatic solutions that respect the Chinese constitutional framework, the territorial integrity of China and fulfill the aspirations of the Tibetan people for a unified and genuinely autonomous Tibet;

And on the motion in amendment of the Honourable Senator Carstairs, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Corbin, that the motion be not now adopted but that it be amended immediately following the word "of'' in the first line by eliminating all the words in the rest of the motion and by replacing them with the following:

"Canada and in particular the Foreign Affairs Minister to have discussions with the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China regarding the Dalai Lama and the aspirations of the Tibetan people.''

And on the subamendment of the Honourable Senator Di Nino, seconded by the Honourable Senator Cowan, that the motion in amendment be amended immediately following the words "Canada and in particular the Foreign Affairs Minister to'' by eliminating all subsequent words and replacing them with the following:

"encourage the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Dalai Lama, notwithstanding their differences on Tibet's historical relationship with China, to continue their dialogue in a forward-looking manner that will lead to pragmatic solutions that respect the Chinese constitutional framework, the territorial integrity of China and fulfill the aspirations of the Tibetan people for a unified and genuinely autonomous Tibet.''.-(Honourable Senator Cools)

No. 21. (four) (inquiry)

February 21, 2007-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Segal calling the attention of the Senate to the impact that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms has had these past 24 years on the rights of Canadians and the prerogatives of the Parliament of Canada.-(Honourable Senator Tardif)

No. 19. (four) (inquiry)

November 2, 2006-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Murray, P.C., calling the attention of the Senate to issues concerning the faithful and exemplary service to Canada, during his entire adult lifetime, of the late Honourable Howard Charles Green of British Columbia.-(Honourable Senator Stratton)

No. 3. (four) (inquiry)

May 4, 2006-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Dallaire calling the attention of the Senate to the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan and the importance of Canada's commitment to the people of this war-torn country. -(Honourable Senator Cowan)

No. 150. (four) (motion)

May 10, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Dallaire, seconded by the Honourable Senator Banks:

That the Senate call on the Government of Canada to widely disseminate its endorsement of the Paris Commitments to Protect Children from Unlawful Recruitment or Use by Armed Forces or Armed Groups, known as the Paris Principles and adopted by 58 countries in Paris, France on February 6, 2007; and

That the Senate urge the Government of Canada to take a global leadership role in the campaign of eradicating child soldiers as enunciated in the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (2000) as well as Security Council resolutions 1539 (2004) on Children in Armed Conflict, and 1612 (2005) on Monitoring and Reporting on Violations Against Children in War.-(Honourable Senator Tkachuk)

No. 179. (five) (motion)

May 29, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Tkachuk, seconded by the Honourable Senator Angus:

That all matters relating to this question of privilege, including the issues raised by the timing and process of the May 15, 2007 meeting of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources and their effect on the rights and privileges of Senators, be referred to the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament for investigation and report; and

That the Committee consider both the written and oral record of the proceedings.-(Honourable Senator Cowan)

No. 27. (seven) (inquiry)

March 29, 2007-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Mercer calling the attention of the Senate to gender equality in the process of governance, specifically how we, as senators in the Senate of Canada, can be a model for gender equality by requiring that the number of senators in this place be composed of 50 per cent women and 50 per cent men. -(Honourable Senator Prud'homme, P.C.)

No. 23. (eight) (inquiry)

December 14, 2006-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Hays, calling the attention of the Senate to the issue of developing a model for a modern elected Senate, a matter raised in the First Report of the Special Senate Committee on Senate Reform.-(Honourable Senator Fraser)

No. 9. (nine) (inquiry)

June 13, 2006-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Trenholme Counsell calling the attention of the Senate to concerns regarding the Agreements in Principle signed by the Government of Canada and the Provincial governments between April 29, 2005 and November 25, 2005 entitled Moving Forward on Early Learning and Child Care, as well as the funding agreements with Ontario, Manitoba and Québec, and the Agreements in Principle prepared for the Yukon, the North West Territories and Nunavut.-(Honourable Senator Fairbairn, P.C.)

No. 22. (ten) (inquiry)

February 20, 2007-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Fraser calling the attention of the Senate to the Government response to the second report of the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications entitled: Final Report on the Canadian News Media.-(Honourable Senator Tardif)

No. 33. (ten) (inquiry)

May 15, 2007-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Spivak calling the attention of the Senate to the hidden costs and benefits of an expanded ethanol and biodiesel program in Canada.-(Honourable Senator Di Nino)

No. 34. (ten) (inquiry)

May 15, 2007-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Oliver calling the attention of the Senate to employment equity in the Senate of Canada.

No. 12. (eleven) (inquiry)

October 31, 2006-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Callbeck calling the attention of the Senate to the importance of Canadian immigration policy to the economic, social and cultural development of Canada's regions. -(Honourable Senator Tardif)

No. 14. (eleven) (inquiry)

September 26, 2006-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Fairbairn, P.C., calling the attention of the Senate to the State of Literacy in Canada, which will give every Senator in this Chamber the opportunity to speak out on an issue in our country that is often forgotten.-(Honourable Senator Comeau)

No. 166. (thirteen) (motion)

April 19, 2007-Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Poulin, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tardif:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights, in the spirit of reflection and commemoration of International Women's Day and the 25th anniversary of the patriation of the Constitution and its Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, be authorized:

(a) to examine and report on all issues related to female representation in Parliament, including the barriers to the participation of women in federal politics;

(b) to propose positive measures for electoral and other reforms that will

i) promote gender equity in Parliament, and

ii) achieve an increase in the number of women in Parliament;

(c) to consider the status of female representation in other legislative assemblies for comparative purposes in formulating proposed measures; and

That the Committee present its report no later than June 29, 2007.-(Honourable Senator Tardif)

No. 25. (fourteen) (inquiry)

February 15, 2007-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Champagne, P.C. calling the attention of the Senate to the crisis in Canada's cultural sector.-(Honourable Senator Comeau)

No. 28. (six) (inquiry)

March 29, 2007-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Di Nino calling the attention of the Senate to problems and challenges faced by victims of crime. -(Honourable Senator Comeau)

No. 26. (six) (inquiry)

March 27, 2007-Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Banks calling the attention of the Senate to the failure of the Government of Canada to carry out its constitutional duty to appoint qualified persons to the Senate. -(Honourable Senator Comeau)


NOTICE PAPER

INQUIRIES

No. 29. (three)

By the Honourable Senator Cools:

March 29, 2007-That she will call the attention of the Senate to:

(a) March 25th, 2007, being the two hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire by An Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, an act of the U.K. Parliament, assented to by King George III on March 25, 1807; and

(b) to slavery and the slave trade in African peoples by Europeans from the 1500s to the 1800s, and to the law of estate in human life, to property and ownership in human beings, and to the trade and commerce in human beings as commodities, slaves, bought and sold in the marketplace; and

(c) to the transportation across the Atlantic Ocean of about 12 million Africans, packed as cargo in slaving ships, in that terrible journey named the Middle Passage, from Africa to the shores of the Americas and the West Indies, for the deployment of these slaves on the plantations of the New World, generating previously unknown wealth and prosperity; and

(d) to William Wilberforce and to his unceasing labours as a Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons from 1780 to 1825, and to his leadership of the campaign in the Houses of Parliament for the abolition of the slave trade and slavery, and to his belief as a devout Christian and evangelical Anglican that his life's labours for the amelioration of the lives of the African slaves was his pilgrimage, his own journey; and

(e) to Thomas Clarkson, the father of abolition, who inspired Wilberforce, and to John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, and to all those other Christians - Anglicans, Quakers and Methodists, and to the black African abolitionists, who led and sustained a national and international movement carrying public opinion for the abolition of the slave trade and slavery, and to their testament to the human spirit to overcome man's inhumanity to man; and

(f) to William Wilberforce's influence on my life personally as a child in Barbados, in the British West Indies in the British Empire, that island where the concept called the plantation was created, as also was its ancient House of Assembly, the second oldest legislature outside of the U.K., and all this when sugar was king; and

(g) to the indebtedness and the gratitude of the whole world, particularly the black world, to these abolitionists who by dint of their personal courage, fortitude and perseverance were able to end a terrible centuries-old villainy and change the course of human history.

No. 30. (three)

By the Honourable Senator Cools:

March 29, 2007-That she will call the attention of the Senate to:

(a) March 25th, 2007, the two hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire, and in the British North American Provinces, particularly the two Canadas; and

(b) to John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, who had served briefly as a member in the British House of Commons with William Wilberforce, and who by 1790, even before arriving in Upper Canada, had expressed his opposition to slavery; and

(c) to Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe's efforts, and his Bill in 1793 for the gradual abolition of slavery in Upper Canada by barring the further introduction of slaves, a Bill which represented the first legislative initiative against slavery in the British Empire; and

(d) to John White, the Attorney-General of Upper Canada under Lieutenant-Governor Simcoe, who had practiced law in Jamaica, the British West Indies, and who having known slavery and the law of slavery, introduced this Bill in the House of Assembly; and

(e) to the abolitionist movement in Upper Canada.


MOTIONS

No. 189. (six)

By the Honourable Senator Di Nino:

June 5, 2007-That the twelfth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade entitled The Evacuation of Canadians from Lebanon in July 2006: Implications for the Government of Canada, tabled in the Senate on May 31, 2007, be adopted and that, pursuant to rule 131(2), the Senate request a complete and detailed response from the government, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the Minister of National Defence being identified as Ministers responsible for responding to the report.

No. 185. (six)

By the Honourable Senator Cools:

June 5, 2007-That the following Address be presented to Her Excellency the Governor General of Canada:

To Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor and Commander of the Order of Military Merit, 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 humbly to represent to Her Excellency our just anxiety for the constitutional condition of our country, which condition is needing Her Excellency's intervention to provide Her Majesty's Canadian subjects with proper and full representation in the Senate of Canada, and thereby to avert the constitutional crisis arising from the Prime Minister's refusal to perform his sworn constitutional duty of advising Her Excellency in the exercise of Her lawful constitutional duties, in particular, Her Excellency's vice-regal duty in regard to Her Majesty Queen Victoria's command which Her Majesty enacted as the British North America Act, 1867, Section 32., in the most carefully chosen words, "When a Vacancy happens in the Senate by Resignation, Death, or otherwise, the Governor General shall by Summons to a fit and qualified Person fill the Vacancy.'', which words "shall ... fill'' are clear and unambiguous in their constitutional construction, meaning, and interpretation, and are not open to any doubt whatsoever;

That it appears to your faithful subjects and senators that the Prime Minister has claimed a power unknown to our Constitution and to our law, being the false power of refusal to advise the Governor General, and, that the Prime Minister's public refusal to advise the Governor General on qualified persons for appointment to the Senate is a power which is not only false, but which is also wholly repugnant to the Constitution, because the exercise of such a power by a prime minister has the effect of making the Governor General into a felon and outlaw of the Constitution, and that this would be a most terrible infamy, not countenanced by the Constitution, of which Her Majesty is the source of all power and authority, and that such infamy would be a most terrible constitutional crisis;

That it appears to your faithful subjects and senators that prime ministers have no constitutional power whatsoever to compel or to cause the Governor General of Canada to transgress the law, and that confronted with such compulsion and provocation from any prime minister, the Governor General's proper constitutional duty is to refuse to acquiesce to that prime minister, and to decline to transgress the law, therein to uphold the Constitution, the law, and the rights of Canadians to responsible government and a lawfully abiding prime minister;

We therefore humbly pray Your Excellency, that, in conformity with the law and the B.N.A. Act, 1867, Section 32., Your Excellency, the Head of Parliament, the high representative of the people of Canada and the actuating power in the Constitution, will be pleased to exercise her lawful and constitutional duties, and will be pleased to summon qualified persons to the Senate of Canada to fill the many and growing vacancies, thereby to provide Her Majesty's Canadian subjects with proper representation in the Senate and thereby also to provide for the proper operation of the Parliament of Canada, for peace order and good government, and for the amelioration of the constitutional condition of the country.

No. 190. (six)

By the Honourable Senator Di Nino:

June 6, 2007-That it be an Order of the Senate that on the first sitting day following the adoption of this motion, at 3:15 p.m., the Speaker shall interrupt any proceedings then underway; and all questions necessary to dispose of motion number 140 shall be put forthwith without further adjournment, debate or amendment; and that any vote to dispose of the motion shall not be deferred; and

That, if a standing vote is requested, the bells to call in the Senators be sounded for thirty minutes, after which the Senate shall proceed to take each vote successively as required without the further ringing of the bells.


QUESTIONS

No. 4.

By the Honourable Senator Downe:

April 4, 2006-With respect to government decentralization:

A. Could the Government of Canada provide a copy of any reports/briefing notes that have been prepared since December 2003 for the Prime Minister or any other minister regarding proposals to relocate government departments (or parts thereof), agencies and Crown corporations from the National Capital area to the regions of Canada?

B. Could the Government of Canada provide reports/briefing notes prepared by any government department since December 2003 assessing which government departments (or parts thereof), agencies or Crown corporations could be relocated from the National Capital area to the regions of Canada?

No. 10.

By the Honourable Senator Mitchell:

May 31, 2006-With respect to the Government's environmental policy:

1. Will the Government table in the senate the studies that were used to determine the amount of green house gases reduced and the cost per tonne of green house gases reduced through the transit pass program?

2. Will the Government table in the senate the studies that were used to determine the cost of reducing one tonne of green house gases through each of the following programs, which have been canceled

a. Urban Transportation Showcase Program?

b. Concrete Roads Program?

c. Electricity Reduced Trade Barriers Part II?

d. Electricity Reduced Trade Barriers Part III - Consumer Information?

e. Environmental Supply Chain Management Pilot Project?

f. Feasibility of Afforestation for Carbon Sequestration Initiative?

g. Federal House in Order Leadership Measures - Built Environment?

h. Forest 2020 Plantation Demonstration Assessment?

i. Off-road Vehicle and Equipment Initiative/Off-road CO2 Initiative?

j. On-Site Generation at Federal Facilities?

k. Pilot Emission Removals, Reductions and Learnings Initiative?

l. Market Incentive Program?

m. One-Tonne Challenge?

n. Studies and Monitoring for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program?

o. Opportunities Envelope?

3. Will the Government table in the senate the studies that were used to determine that the programs listed in question 2.a. through 2.o. were inefficient in reducing green house gases in a cost effective manner?

Please note that I wish to receive a response within 45 days of tabling these questions.

No. 18.

By the Honourable Senator Spivak:

November 21, 2006-Question of Environment Canada:

In addition to the recent revision of the environmental assessment document for the proposed MacKenzie Gas pipeline project, what other documents required for environmental assessment, regulation, planning or reporting have been revised to alter or eliminate references to the Kyoto Protocol and/or greenhouse gas and air pollution-reduction targets for Large Final Emitters?

Please note that I wish to receive a response within 45 days of tabling these questions.

No. 26.

By the Honourable Senator Downe:

February 7, 2007-With regard to the impact of climate change on Prince Edward Island:

1. In June 2001, Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada jointly released a report entitled Coastal Impacts of Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise on Prince Edward Island as part of the Climate Change Action Fund project.

(a) Would the Minister of Environment advise if there have been any updates to the study since the release of the report in June 2001?

(b) Would the Minister please provide any additional information since June 2001 on the impacts of climate change and rising sea-levels on Prince Edward Island?

No. 32.

By the Honourable Senator Callbeck:

May 29, 2007-1. In June 2000, the federal government announced a National Strategy on Rural Health. As part of the Strategy, the federal government announced the creation of a Ministerial Advisory Committee on Rural Health in July 2001.

(a) What is the current status of this Ministerial Advisory Committee on Rural Health?

(b) If the Committee is active, who are the Committee's members?

(c) Is the Committee currently providing advice to the Minister of Health on how the federal government can improve the health of rural communities and individuals?

2. In November 2002, the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Rural Health released a report entitled "Rural Health in Rural Hands: Strategic Directions for Rural, Remote, Northern and Aboriginal Communities'', which contained 43 recommendations.

(a) What is the status of each of these recommendations?

Please note that I wish to receive a response within 45 days of tabling these questions.

No. 33.

By the Honourable Senator Callbeck:

May 29, 2007-1. In the Economic and Fiscal Update of November 2005, the former Liberal government committed to a number of initiatives with regard to post-secondary education.

(a) What is the status of the commitment of $550 million over five years to extend Canada Access Grants to 55,000 students from low-income families in all years of undergraduate education?

(b) What is the status of the commitment of $2.2 billion over five years to improve student financial assistance and help make post-secondary education more affordable for lower- and middle-income Canadians?

(c) What is the status of the commitment of nearly $200 million over the next five years to provide up to 3,500 internships and up to 500 MBA scholarships for natural and health sciences and engineering graduates, and to support knowledge-based clusters to enhance the capability of firms to perform research and development, adopt new technologies and commercialize discoveries?

(d) What is the status of the commitment of $3.5 billion over this year and the next five years to increase workplace- based training, and to enhance the participation of Aboriginal peoples, immigrants and persons with disabilities in the Canadian economy?

(e) What is the status of the commitment of $1 billion in 2005-06 for provinces and territories for the Post-Secondary Education Innovation Fund, which helps Canada's universities and colleges keep up with the demands of increasing enrolment, aging infrastructure, changing in learning technology and out-of-date equipment?

(f) What is the status of the commitment of more than $2.1 billion in new funding in 2005-06 and over the next five years to sustain Canada's leadership in university-based research?

(g) Has the federal government implemented initiatives in order to devote five per cent of federal research and development to priorities of the developing world?

Please note that I wish to receive a response within 45 days of tabling these questions.

No. 34.

By the Honourable Senator Callbeck:

June 13, 2007-1. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Homeowner Residential Repair Assistance Program (RRAP) offers financial assistance to low-income households who own and occupy substandard housing to enable them to repair their dwellings to a minimum level of health and safety.

a) What is the current wait time for funding under the Homeowner RRAP in the Province of Prince Edward Island?

b) How many Islanders are currently on the waiting list for funding under the Homeowner RRAP?

c) How many projects were funded by the Homeowner RRAP in each of the last three fiscal years?

d) What was the Government of Canada's investment to the Homeowner RRAP in Budget 2007? In Budget 2006?

2. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) for Persons with Disabilities offers financial assistance to homeowners and landlords to undertake accessibility work to modify dwellings occupied or intended for occupancy by low-income persons with disabilities.

a) What is the current wait time for funding under the RRAP for Persons with Disabilities in the Province of Prince Edward Island?

b) How many Islanders are currently on the waiting list for funding under the RRAP for Persons with Disabilities?

c) How many projects were funded by the RRAP for Persons with Disabilities in each of the last three fiscal years?

d) What was the Government of Canada's investment to the RRAP for Persons with Disabilities in Budget 2007? In Budget 2006?

3. The Rental Residential Rehabilitation Program (Rental RRAP) offers financial assistance to landlords of affordable housing to pay for mandatory repairs to self-contained units occupied by low-income tenants. Mandatory repairs are those required to bring properties up to minimum levels of health and safety.

a) What is the current wait time for funding under the Rental RRAP in the Province of Prince Edward Island?

b) How many Islanders are currently on the waiting list for funding under the Rental RRAP?

c) How many projects were funded by the Rental RRAP in each of the last three fiscal years?

d) What was the Government of Canada's investment to the Rental RRAP in Budget 2007? In Budget 2006?

4. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Home Adaptations for Seniors' Independence (HASI) program helps homeowners and landlords pay for minor home adaptations to extend the time low-income seniors can live in their own homes independently.

a) What is the current wait time for funding under the HASI program in the Province of Prince Edward Island?

b) How many Islanders are currently on the waiting list for funding under the HASI program?

c) How many projects were funded by the HASI program in each of the last three fiscal years?

d) What was the Government of Canada's investment to the HASI program in Budget 2007? In Budget 2006?

5. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Emergency Repair Program (ERP) assists low-income homeowners or occupants in rural areas to make emergency repairs required for the continued safe occupancy of their houses.

a) What is the current wait time for funding under the ERP in the Province of Prince Edward Island?

b) How many Islanders are currently on the waiting list for funding under the ERP?

c) How many projects were funded by the ERP in each of the last three fiscal years?

d) What was the Government of Canada's investment to the ERP in Budget 2007? In Budget 2006?

Please note that I wish to receive a response within 45 days of tabling these questions.

No. 35.

By the Honourable Senator Carstairs, P.C.:

June 13, 2007-1. There are approximately 220 000 deaths in Canada each year. About 75per cent of these deaths are seniors. A vast majority of these seniors require palliative and end-of-life care. However, it is estimated that only 15-25 per cent of people who require end-of-life care have access to it. Unfortunately, the federal government announced the end of the Canadian Strategy for Palliative and End-of-Life Care. What steps is the government taking to meet the needs of Canadians at end-of-life? What is the current mandate of the Health Canada Secretariat on Palliative and End-of-Life Care? What is the budget of the Secretariat for 2007-08? What are the strategic priorities for the Secretariat in 2007-08?

a) Under the Canadian Strategy for Palliative and End-of-Life Care there were five working groups who with federal support were able to leverage needed change in end-of-life care. What is the current status of these working groups? Is the federal government still supporting the development and sharing of best practices through these community driven working groups?

b) Quite often people living in long-term care facilities or nursing homes require palliative and end-of-life care; however, staff persons in these facilities are often woefully undertrained. Is there any work being undertaken by the federal government to work with the appropriate professional associations and with the provinces to address this situation?

c) What role will the Secretary of State (Seniors) play in acting as a facilitator among the federal departments? Among the provinces? Between the community and the federal government?

d) How does the role and mandate of the new National Seniors Council differ from the role and mandate of the former National Advisory Council on Aging?

2. How many Canadians were successful in drawing benefits under the new Compassionate Care Leave Benefit in 2004/05? How many Canadians were successful in drawing benefits under the new Compassionate Care Leave Benefit in 2005/06?

3. How many of the claims filed in 2004/2005 for the Compassionate Care Leave Benefit were denied? Of these, how many were denied because they did not meet the definition of family member? How many of the claims filed in 2005/ 2006 for the Compassionate Care Leave Benefit were denied? Of these, how many were denied because they did not meet the definition of family member?

4. How much money was paid out in benefits under the Compassionate Care Leave provision in 2004/2005? How much money was paid out in benefits under the Compassionate Care Leave provision in 2005/2006?

5. What measures has the federal government taken in order to inform Canadians about the existence of the Compassionate Care Benefit?

6. What measures has the federal government taken to encourage the provinces and territories, who have not already done so, to amend their Labour Code provisions to allow for job protection for those who take compassionate care leave.


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