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Impact Assessment Bill
Canadian Energy Regulator Bill
Navigation Protection Act
Bill to Amend—Second Reading—Debate

1st Session, 42nd Parliament
Volume 150, Issue 230
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The Honourable George J. Furey, Speaker

Hon. Dennis Glen Patterson: I have another question for the honourable senator, Your Honour.

Senator Galvez: Yes.

Senator Patterson: Did I understand you to say that the Energy Committee will be considering Bill C-69? I’m wondering who made that decision.

Senator Galvez: No, I am sorry. I never said that the bill will be sent to that committee. This is a question that has to be proposed. I assume because there is an agreement between the bill and the mandate. What I read is the mandate of our committee.

Senator Patterson: Okay. Thank you. Assuming that the bill will be considered by the Energy Committee — I’m a member of that committee, and I’m not against that — I was curious, honourable senator, about your position as the neutral chair of the committee.

Now, you stated in your speech, approvingly, that the legislation must be modernized and harmonized and that this bill will attempt to do that. You stated in your speech, approvingly, that a modern bill must include contemporary issues. You mentioned Indigenous consultation, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Are you making a judgment about this bill before it is even considered by the committee? Are you saying that the very issues that the committee will examine, namely, whether it is effective in modernization, whether it is appropriate that it includes contemporary issues, including Indigenous consultation — you didn’t mention gender parity, but that’s in the bill as well — are you making judgments about the bill in advance of it being considered by the committee, and is that appropriate for the chair of a committee?