Senate Bill S-5 Second Reading – Second Debate

Senate Bill S-5 Second Reading – Second Debate

On March 9, 2017, the Senate held debate for Bill S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts which has completed the first reading today (Nov 22, 2016).

Speakers during the debate were:

A remark made by Senator Gold, echos one of our major concerns:

Finally, I have concerns about how this bill will affect small and medium-sized businesses that want to penetrate the vaping products market, particularly with regard to the distribution of vaping liquid or juice. True, there are serious and legitimate quality control issues that call for regulation, but the structure of the bill suggests, perhaps wrongly, that the focus is on large corporations and that independent SMEs may be excluded from the market. I encourage the committee to look into ways that SMEs can participate in what is and should remain a growing, viable market.

To conclude, I support many of the objectives of the bill and look forward to it being studied seriously in committee.

On motion of Senator Petitclerc, the bill has referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

Members of the Senate Standing Committee of Social Affairs, Science and Technology (SOCI) are:

We have also created a PDF with this list and their contact details that you can download: CLICK HERE

Requests to be a witness for or submit evidence to the SOCI should be forwarded to the Clerk:

Clerk: Shaila Anwar – (613) 991-0719

Administrative Assistant: Tracy Amendola – (613) 990-6669

General Information: (613) 990-0088 or 1-800-267-7362

Fax: 1-613-947-2104


Mailing Address:
Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
The Senate of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario Canada, K1A 0A4

Full guidelines for submissions and appearing to give testimony can be found HERE.

Brief Content:

(a) The brief should be succinct, generally not exceeding 10 pages.
(b) The brief should provide factual information to substantiate the views expressed.
(c) Any recommendations should be as specific as possible, particularly when proposing amendments to legislation.

Brief Format:

(a) In addition to the hard copy, it is useful to provide a diskette to the clerk. Microsoft Word or ASCII formats are preferred.
(b) The name and address of the person, association or organization submitting the brief must be clearly indicated.
(c) Recommendations should be summarized at the end.
(d) Numbered endnotes are preferred to footnotes.
(e) Logos, graphs, tables and diagrams should be in black ink as other colours may not photocopy well.
(f) Any separate photographs accompanying the submission should be in black and white and on glossy paper.

Below is an excerpt of the portion of the proceedings that applied to Bill S-5. (For the full Hansard CLICK HERE)

An audio clip was captured by someone that was listening (we would like to give credit but the source is unknown), if you wish to listen and follow along in the document. The clip was started a couple of minutes late but picks up in the document just before the 1520 mark on the first page (highlighted with audio picks up here).

Bill S-5 - Second Reading Debate - 2017-03-09

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