Senator Harder to introduce motion tomorrow to consider C-45 on Feb 6, 2018

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Courtesy of Lift Magazine

In a government notice of motion today, the Government Representative in the Senate, Senator Peter Harder, gave notice that at the next sitting of the Senate he will move for a committee to consider Bill C-45

Harder’s motion is that on 3:30 pm (ET) on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, the Senate resolve itself into a committee of the whole to consider Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, and to hear from: Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health; Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; and Bill Blair. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

The Government’s Representative in the Senate’s motion also said that the witnesses are to be accompanied by officials, and that the committee of the whole will report back to the Senate no later than two hours after it begins. Television cameras and photographers will be authorized in the Senate chambers to broadcast and photograph the proceedings as long as they don’t disturb normal Senate procedure.   

Harder says this will not affect any proceedings of C-45 in the meantime. The Senate is scheduled to sit again on Wednesday, Dec 13 at 2pm ET.

The Senate has only discussed C-45 for one hour since the Bill was introduced at second reading in the Senate on Nov 30. The Red Chamber declined to debate Bills C-45 or C-46 again today. 

A Committee of the Whole is made up of all senators and can be formed to consider a bill or other matter before the Senate. It is considered less official and formal than the normal Senate proceedings and allows the Senate to move more quickly than by a reference to a standing or special committee.

Related: The Senate’s slow legalization debate

I have given notice that at the next sitting of the Senate, I will move a motion to receive @Puglaas @CDNMinHealth @RalphGoodale & @BillBlair to the Senate in February for Committee of the Whole to consider the Cannabis Act #C45 #SenCA #cdnpoli

— Peter Harder (@SenHarder) December 12, 2017

Je donne préavis qu’à la prochaine séance, je proposerai que le Sénat se forme en comité plénier en février pour étudier le projet de loi C-45 (Loi sur le cannabis) et que le comité reçoive @Puglaas @CDNMinHealth @RalphGoodale & @BillBlair #SenCA #polcan

— Peter Harder (@SenHarder) December 12, 2017

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