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Third Reading of Bill C-501 - National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day

Debates of the Senate (Hansard)

2nd Session, 41st Parliament,
Volume 149, Issue 93

Hon. Lynn Beyak moved third reading of Bill C-501, An Act respecting a National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day.

She said: Honourable senators, I rise today to address Bill C-501, an act that calls for the formal designation of the third Saturday of September of every year as "National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day."

I supported this bill in the Senate in memory of my late husband Tony and of our many happy years together on Lake of the Woods in our tourist resort, Windy Bay Lodge. We were privileged to host and greet guests from all over the world.

After second reading, I told Senator Fraser how touched I was by her understanding of the bill. Her words were very much like what my husband would have said: It's not setting up a hunting, trapping and fishing day, but a hunting, trapping and fishing heritage day. It is a very important difference, and I thank her for that. I believe it's the reason the bill had all-party support in the other place, and why it is touching our hearts here in the Senate.

I had a very long speech prepared for today, likening it to Senator Hubley's feel-good bill that we all seem to support because they touch our hearts and they lighten the load of a sometimes very heavy and divisive workload here in the Senate. However, I understand that Senator Baker has a few words that he would like to say in third reading, so I will cut my speech short and with your indulgence, Your Honour, allow Senator Baker to have the floor. Is that allowed?

Hon. George Baker: Honourable senators, Senator Beyak has put a lot of work in on this bill. She watched as it went through the complete study in the House of Commons and went through the complete study in the Senate, and a committee of the Senate, now at third reading. I would suggest, fellow senators, that we read this bill now the third time.

The Hon. the Speaker: Are honourable senators ready for the question?

Hon. Senators: Question.

The Hon. the Speaker: It was moved by the Honourable Senator Beyak, seconded by the Honourable Senator Black, that this bill be read a third time. Is it your pleasure, honourable senators, to adopt the motion?

Hon. Senators: Agreed.

(Motion agreed to and bill read third time and passed.)