Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Breaking News on Section 13: Conservatives finally shut down the Liberal abuse of the rules on Bill C-304. A vote on Bill C-304 is imminent

Conservatives finally shut down the Liberal abuse of the rules on Bill C-304
A vote on Bill C-304 is imminent!  Time to scrap Section 13!


Below is an excerpt of Hansard from yesterdays Senate debate on Bill C-304. (See more on Bill C-304 here)

For the past year, the Liberals have done everything in their power to stall Bill C-304 (An Act to Repeal Section 13).  The Liberals have accomplished this by adjourning debate on it at every instance, and keeping it in their name for the maximum amount of time (15 sitting days).  Because it is a private members bill, and not a government bill, it hardly gets any time for debate in the Senate.  The Liberals generally say just a few words, and then re-adjourn the debate in their name.  This is why the Bill has been at Second reading for over a year.  It is clearly the Liberals using and abusing the rules of the Senate to try and stall the passage of Bill C-304.

It now looks like the Conservatives are finally pushing forward and refusing to allow the Liberals to adjourn Bill C-304 in their names, and hopefully will have Bill C-304 moved past Second reading, and even have third reading done this week.

When the Liberals try their usual scam of adjourning debate, the Conservatives continually vote them down and are forcing a vote.

My fingers are crossed!

-Marc


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Canadian Human Rights Act

Bill to Amend—Second Reading—Debate

On the Order:
Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Finley, seconded by the Honourable Senator Frum, for the second reading of Bill C-304, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom).
Hon. Vernon White: Honourable senators, I rise this evening to ask each of you to make yourselves aware of Bill C-304 and that the honourable senator holding the adjournment consider moving this legislation through the Senate for a vote of members in this place. This bill has been sitting at second reading with Senator Cowan. I believe that allowing honourable senators to vote on this bill is important for this institution and the work that we do.
As stated, I believe the Honourable Senator Cowan has the adjournment of the matter, and I ask that he speak to it and that we vote on this bill at this time.
Hon. James S. Cowan (Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, there has been a lot going on these last few weeks. I am preparing my notes to speak on this bill. I intend to do so, but I am not ready to speak now, and I ask that the adjournment be continued in my name.
The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore: Is it your pleasure, honourable senators, to adopt the motion?
Some Hon. Senators: Yes.
Some Hon. Senators: No.
The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore: All in favour of the motion will signify by saying "yea."
Some Hon. Senators: Yea.
The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore: All opposed to the motion will signify by saying "nay."
Some Hon. Senators: Nay.
The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore: In my opinion, the "nays" have it.
And two honourable senators having risen:
The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore: Call in the senators.
Senator Marshall, is there agreement as to the length of the bell?
Senator Marshall: One hour.
The Hon. the Speaker pro tempore: It shall be a one-hour bell. The vote will be at five minutes after nine o'clock.
Do I have permission to leave the chair?
Some Hon. Senators: Yes.
(2100)
Motion negatived on the following division:
YEAS
THE HONOURABLE SENATORS
Chaput
Joyal
Cordy
Kenny
Cowan
Lovelace Nicholas
Dallaire
Mercer
Dawson
Mitchell
Day
Moore
Downe
Munson
Dyck
Ringuette
Eggleton
Rivest
Fraser
Robichaud
Hervieux-Payette
Smith (Cobourg)
Hubley
Tardif
Jaffer
Watt—26
NAYS
THE HONOURABLE SENATORS
Andreychuk
McInnis
Batters
McIntyre
Bellemare
Meredith
Beyak
Mockler
Black
Nancy Ruth
Boisvenu
Neufeld
Braley
Ngo
Buth
Oh
Carignan
Oliver
Champagne
Patterson
Comeau
Plett
Dagenais
Poirier
Demers
Raine
Doyle
Rivard
Eaton
Runciman
Enverga
Segal
Fortin-Duplessis
Seidman
Frum Oliver
Seth
Gerstein
Smith (Saurel)
Greene
Stewart Olsen
Housakos
Tannas
LeBreton
Unger
MacDonald
Verner
Maltais
Wallace
Manning
Wells
Marshall
White—52
ABSTENTIONS
THE HONOURABLE SENATORS
Nil
The Hon. the Speaker: Accordingly, the motion is defeated.
On debate.
Hon. Claudette Tardif (Deputy Leader of the Opposition): Honourable senators, I am deeply disappointed that Senator Cowan's request to move the adjournment of the debate was denied. I am so disappointed that I therefore move the adjournment of the Senate.
Some Hon. Senators: Hear, hear.
The Hon. the Speaker: It is moved by Senator Tardif, seconded by Senator Munson, that the Senate do now adjourn.
Those honourable senators in favour of the motion will signify by saying "yea."
Some Hon. Senators: Yea.
The Hon. the Speaker: Those honourable senators opposed to the motion will signify by saying "nay."
Some Hon. Senators: Nay.
The Hon. the Speaker: In my opinion the "nays" have it.
And two honourable senators having risen:
The Hon. the Speaker: The vote will take place at 10 minutes after 10 p.m.
Do I have permission to leave the chair?
Hon. Senators: Agreed.
The Hon. the Speaker: Call in the senators.
(2210)
Motion negatived on the following division:
YEAS
THE HONOURABLE SENATORS
Campbell
Jaffer
Chaput
Joyal
Cordy
Lovelace Nicholas
Cowan
Mercer
Dallaire
Mitchell
Dawson
Moore
Day
Munson
De Bané
Ringuette
Downe
Rivest
Dyck
Robichaud
Eggleton
Smith (Cobourg)
Fraser
Tardif
Hervieux-Payette
Watt—27
Hubley

NAYS
THE HONOURABLE SENATORS
Andreychuk
McInnis
Batters
McIntyre
Bellemare
Mockler
Beyak
Nancy Ruth
Black
Neufeld
Boisvenu
Ngo
Braley
Oh
Buth
Oliver
Carignan
Patterson
Comeau
Plett
Dagenais
Poirier
Demers
Raine
Doyle
Rivard
Eaton
Runciman
Enverga
Segal
Fortin-Duplessis
Seidman
Frum
Seth
Gerstein
Smith (Saurel)
Greene
Stewart Olsen
Housakos
Tannas
LeBreton
Unger
MacDonald
Verner
Maltais
Wallace
Manning
Wells
Marshall
White—50
ABSTENTIONS
THE HONOURABLE SENATORS
Nil
The Hon. the Speaker: Honourable senators, the question before the house is on the motion of the Honourable Senator Finley, seconded by the Honourable Senator Frum, for the second reading of Bill C-304.
Hon. Grant Mitchell: Honourable senators, I move that this bill stand adjourned in my name. There is a great irony in the fact that these votes are all about limiting the freedom of speech of Senator Cowan on a bill that is all about extending freedom of speech. It is quite a captivating irony. I am preparing notes and would like to think about that.
The Hon. the Speaker: Is it your pleasure, honourable senators, to adopt the motion?
Some Hon. Senators: Yes.
Some Hon. Senators: No.
The Hon. the Speaker: Those in favour of the motion will say "yea."
Some Hon. Senators: Yea.
The Hon. the Speaker: Those opposed will say "nay."
Some Hon. Senators: Nay.
The Hon. the Speaker: In my opinion the nays have it.
And two honourable senators having risen:
The Hon. the Speaker: Call in the senators.
The vote will be at 11:15 p.m.
Do I have permission to leave the chair?
Some Hon. Senators: Agreed.
(2310)
Motion negatived on the following division:
YEAS
THE HONOURABLE SENATORS
Campbell
Jaffer
Chaput
Joyal
Cordy
Lovelace Nicholas
Cowan
Mercer
Dallaire
Mitchell
Dawson
Moore
Day
Munson
Downe
Ringuette
Dyck
Rivest
Eggleton
Robichaud
Fraser
Tardif
Hubley
Watt—24
NAYS
THE HONOURABLE SENATORS
Andreychuk
McInnis
Batters
McIntyre
Bellemare
Mockler
Beyak
Nancy Ruth
Black
Neufeld
Boisvenu
Ngo
Braley
Oh
Buth
Oliver
Carignan
Patterson
Comeau
Plett
Dagenais
Poirier
Demers
Raine
Doyle
Rivard
Eaton
Runciman
Enverga
Segal
Fortin-Duplessis
Seidman
Frum
Seth
Gerstein
Smith (Saurel)
Greene
Stewart Olsen
Housakos
Tannas
Johnson
Unger
LeBreton
Verner
MacDonald
Wallace
Maltais
Wells
Manning
White—51
Marshall

ABSTENTIONS
THE HONOURABLE SENATORS
Nil
The Hon. the Speaker: Honourable senators, the question before the house is debate at second reading of Bill C-304.
On debate.
Senator Carignan: Question.
(2320)
Hon. Elizabeth Hubley: I move adjournment of the Senate.
The Hon. the Speaker: It is moved by the Honourable Senator Hubley, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mercer, that the Senate do now adjourn.
All those in favour of the motion will signify by saying "yea.'
Some Hon. Senators: Yea.
The Hon. the Speaker: All those opposed to the motion will please say "nay."
Some Hon. Senators: Nay.
The Hon. the Speaker: In my opinion, the nays have it.
And two honourable senators having risen:
The Hon. the Speaker: Is there advice from the whips as to the length of the bell?
[Translation]
Hon. Claude Carignan (Deputy Leader of the Government): Honourable senators, should His Honour wish to re-put the question, we could adjourn today's sitting of the Senate and resume debate on the bill tomorrow.
The Hon. the Speaker: Honourable senators, I think the only way I can do this is if there is unanimous consent of the house.
I will re-put the question. Is it agreed?
Hon. Senators: Agreed.
The Hon. the Speaker: It is moved by the Honourable Senator Hubley, seconded by the Honourable Senator Mercer, that the Senate do now adjourn.
Is it your pleasure, honourable senators, to adopt the motion?
Hon. Senators: Agreed.
(The Senate adjourned until tomorrow at 2 p.m.)