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Controlled Drugs and Substances Act - Bill to Amend—Third Reading

Hon. Daniel Lang moved third reading of Bill C-475, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (methamphetamine and ecstasy).

Hon. Serge Joyal: Honourable senators, I would like to thank Honourable Senator Lang and recognize the effort made for the adoption of this bill by the honourable member in the other place. This bill is very short. There are only three clauses to it.

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The point I want to make this afternoon is with regard to clause 2 of the bill. The honourable senator was at the committee meeting this morning when we heard the representative of the Department of Justice. As the honourable senator will remember, this bill referred to Bill C-15, which was introduced in the Second Session of the Fortieth Parliament. This bill died with the Fortieth Parliament. It was replaced by Bill S-10. Our house adopted Bill S-10. However, Bill S-10 is still standing on the order paper of the other place.

According to the information brought to our attention, the honourable Minister of Justice seems to be of the opinion that this bill will not be adopted soon. In other words, clause 2 of the bill is problematic. If Bill S-10 is not adopted, the bill will be partially effective. Honourable senators will remember that it will not cover the ecstasy being transferred from Schedule III of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to Schedule I, which was to be effected by Bill S-10.

As long as no bill is adopted to implement the changes in the two schedules of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, this bill would be partially effective. It is fair for the honourable senators today who will vote on this bill to be informed about that situation.