Canada, Senate Debates, “Motion to Authorize Committee to Study Certain Aspects of the Constitution—Order Stands”, 32nd Parl, 1st Sess (17 June 1980)


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Date: 1980-06-17
By: Canada (Parliament)
Citation: Canada, Senate Debates, 32nd Parl, 1st Sess, 1980 at 485.
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SENATE DEBATES — June 17, 1980

[Page 485]

[Translation]

LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS

MOTION TO AUTHORIZE COMMITTEE TO STUDY CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE CONSTITUTION—ORDER STANDS

On the Order:

Resuming the debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Lamontagne, P.C., seconded by the Honourable Senator Frith:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs be authorized to consider and report upon constitutional provisions regarding individual and collective rights and upon the future role and composition of the Canadian Senate and alternative constitutional arrangements compatible with true federalism;

That the membership of the committee be increased to thirty members and that Rule 67(1)(f) be suspended in relation to membership of the committee;

That the committee be empowered to engage the services of such counsel and technical, clerical and other personnel as may be necessary for the purposes of its examination and consideration of such legislation and other matters as may be referred to it; and

That the committee have power to sit during adjournments of the Senate; and

On the motion in amendment thereto of the Honourable Senator Flynn, P.C,, seconded by the Honourable Senator Tremblay, that the first paragraph of the motion be amended by striking out all of the words after the word “upon” in the second line and substituting the following therefor:—

“the matter of constitutional reform with special attention being given to the question of the division of powers between the federal and provincial governments and to constitutional provisions regarding individual and collective rights”.—(Honourable Senator Asselin).

Hon. Martial Asselin: Honourable senators, I think you have had enough speeches tonight from both sides of the chamber so I ask that this item be stood until tomorrow.

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

Order stands.

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