Bill S5 Third Reading – Second Debate

Bill S5 Third Reading – Second Debate

Resuming debate on the motion of the Honourable Senator Petitclerc, seconded by the Honourable Senator Bellemare, for the third reading of Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, as amended.

The full Hansard of the third reading second debate on May 11th can be found here: English | French

Audio recording: May 11, 2017

Speakers were:

  • Senator Petitclerc
  • Senator Dagenais

This portion of the debate on S5 was focused on changes relating to Tobacco packaging. Senator Dagenais stated his position:

“Here are the reasons I will not be voting in favour of Bill S-5. The first is out of solidarity with the law enforcement community, which is fighting organized crime. The second is that provisions to remove the manufacturer’s logo from cigarettes seem totally useless to me in the context of this bill, which does have some useful things in it. The third is that I don’t see an urgent need to pass this bill; instead, I think these measures should be consistent with Bill C-45, which is about legalizing and regulating the sale of marijuana. I will not be voting in favour of Bill S-5 unless you are prepared to take out the parts about logos and such.”

On motion of Senator Day, in the name of Senator Cordy, debate adjourned.
The Senate adjourned until Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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