Status of Government Legislation (5 Jun 17)

42nd PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION

29th Canadian Ministry | December 3rd, 2015 – Present

Click the links for LEGISinfo page for each piece of proposed legislation. Indicates a change from previous week update. (+) indicates a newly proposed bill. This page is updated every Sunday while the House of Commons is in session. Bills at committee stages within the House of Commons and Senate will have the relevant committee website available in (parentheses) next to the bill title.


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SENATE

Senate Pre-study

C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures (NFFN)

At Second Reading

Consideration in Committee

C-22, National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act (SECD)

Consideration of Committee Report

At Third Reading

C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code

C-18, An Act to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act, the Parks Canada Agency Act and the Canada National Parks Act

Consideration of Amendments Made by the House of Commons

C-4, An Act to Amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act, and the Income Tax Act

C-7, An Act to Amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act and other Acts, and to provide for certain other measures


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HOUSE OF COMMONS

Senate Bills Awaiting First Reading

S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

At Second Reading

S-2, Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians

S-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based inequities in registration)

C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1

C-12, An Act to Amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

C-17, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and to make a consequential amendment to another Act

C-21, An Act to amend the Customs Act

C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration Act

C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985

C-28, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (victim surcharge)

C-32, An Act related to the repeal of section 159 of the Criminal Code

C-33An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

C-34An Act to amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act and other Acts

C-38An Act to amend An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons)

C-39, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (unconstitutional provisions) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

C-42, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act, the Pension Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

C-43, An Act respecting a payment to be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to support a pan-Canadian artificial intelligence strategy

C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts

C-47, An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code (amendments permitting the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments)

Consideration in Committee

C-23, Preclearance Act (SECU)

C-46, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (JUST)

At Report Stage

C-25, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and the Competition Act

C-36, An Act to amend the Statistics Act

C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures

At Third Reading

Consideration of Amendments Made by the Senate

C-6, An Act to Amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act


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ROYAL ASSENT

Awaiting Royal Assent

 

Received Royal Assent

S-4, Tax Convention and Arrangement Implementation Act, 2016

S-1001, An Act to authorize La Capitale Financial Security Insurance Company to apply to be continued as a body corporate under the laws of the Province of Quebec

C-2, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act

C-3, Appropriation Act No. 4, 2015-16

C-8, Appropriation Act No. 5, 2015-16

C-9, Appropriation Act No. 1, 2016-17

C-10An Act to amend the Air Canada Public Participation Act and to provide for certain other measures

C-11An Act to amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted works or other subject-matter for persons with perceptual disabilities)

C-13, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, the Hazardous Products Act, the Radiation Emitting Devices Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Pest Control Products Act and the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, and to make related amendments to another Act

C-14An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying)

C-15, Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.

C-19, Appropriation Act No. 2, 2016-17

C-20Appropriation Act No. 3, 2016-17

C-26, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act and the Income Tax Act

C-29, Budget Implementation Act, No. 2

C-30, Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act

C-31, Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act

C-35, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017

C-37, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make related amendments to other Acts

C-40, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017

C-41, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018


Information current as of 25 June 2017.

In Andrew Weaver a Politician is Born

An interesting thing happened during British Columbia’s 41st general election– a distinguished professor turned Green Party leader became a politician. Once pushed from the womb of academia and into the wild and wacky world of British Columbia politics, it did not take Andrew Weaver very long to get on his feet and undermine the government and the established parliamentary system while holding a meagre three seats in the legislature. This one is going to grow to be big and strong no doubt.

Let me be clear; I am not for one moment suggesting that a coalition, or as they call it, a supported-government, is undemocratic or unparliamentary. Quite the opposite, I would indeed be among the first to stand here and explain the intricacies and realities of our parliamentary system which permits such occurrences. And I believe in the parliamentary system and one that is sustained with a first past the post electoral system with ridings distrusted across the state according to relative population. And this is how we ended up with a result where the incumbent BC Liberals hold 43 seats (one seat shy of a majority sustainment), the BC NDP holds 41 and the BC Greens hold 3 (together enough to maintain the confidence of the legislature, if they worked together).

But besides permitting the BC NDP and BC Greens to work together in the legislature to form government and sustain confidence in the legislature, the parliamentary system has a host of other conventions that inform conduct in periods such as these. For example, the incumbency convention holds that no matter the results, the government in power gets first crack in the legislature to form government. This is why you see when a Prime Minister or Premier fail to garner a plurality of seats in the legislature they publicly resign from their office.  Otherwise, the GG or LG is compelled through the incumbency convention to allow the previous head of government first crack at getting confidence in the legislature. This is also why Premier Christy Clark is still the head of the BC government– and subsequently has the ability to deliver a Throne Speech regardless of the agreement came upon by the BC NDP and BC Greens.

When the results from the 41st general election in BC came down (and they took awhile to settle out and come down officially), it was clear that the BC Liberal Party did not have a majority of seats in the legislature, and thus would not be able to sustain their majority government. But they did have a plurality and because of the incumbency convention, they remained in power and Clark was invited to continue her ministry. Andrew Weaver proved his political stripes by undermining the incumbency convention and publicly siding with the BC NDP for four years. Without even hearing officially from the government via a Throne Speech in the legislature, Weaver and two of the Green Party MLAs decided that there was absolutely nothing the government could offer to gain their support. Andrew Weaver is now playing a political game, and very dangerous one at that. Tying himself to the NDP could surely prove to undermine an honest effort by the BC Greens to pitch themselves as not too extreme to form government, or in this case, at least hold the balance of power.

But what of backroom deals and talks? Dispense with them! They are not parliament and any idea that “ratifying” them by each caucus someone seals the deal is false, pure and simple. Those are not binding on the state, and rightfully so; parliament is the official forum of the electors. We saw that when Harper, Layton and Duceppe signed an agreement when they tried to undermine the Martin ministry– it meant nothing without parliamentary action to take down the government. And furthermore when Dion, Layton and Duceppe attempted to undermine the Harper ministry– it certainly did not withhold the authority of the PM to prorogue parliament to avoid actually sealing the deal. The NDP at least have the cover of their role as the Official Opposition to claim a reason to oppose the government at all turns– I concede that opposition is just as important as government in a parliamentary system. But the BC Greens ought to have sustained the Clark government, at least to the Throne Speech in order to sustain the incumbency convention and demonstrate their respect for parliament.

A true politician was born during this election. It will be interesting to see him fumble through his teenage years with his seemingly new best friend in John Horgan.

Status of Government Legislation (20 May 17)

42nd PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION

29th Canadian Ministry | December 3rd, 2015 – Present

Click the links for LEGISinfo page for each piece of proposed legislation. Indicates a change from previous week update. (+) indicates a newly proposed bill. This page is updated every Sunday while the House of Commons is in session. Bills at committee stages within the House of Commons and Senate will have the relevant committee website available in (parentheses) next to the bill title.


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SENATE

Senate Pre-study

C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures (NFFN)

At Second Reading

C-22, National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians Act

Consideration in Committee

S-3, An Act to amend the Indian Act (elimination of sex-based inequities in registration) (APPA)

C-18, An Act to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act, the Parks Canada Agency Act and the Canada National Parks Act (ENEV)

Consideration of Committee Report

At Third Reading

S-5, An Act to amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-smokers’ Health Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code

Consideration of Amendments Made by the House of Commons

C-4, An Act to Amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations Act, and the Income Tax Act

C-7, An Act to Amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board Act and other Acts, and to provide for certain other measures


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HOUSE OF COMMONS

Senate Bills Awaiting First Reading

At Second Reading

C-5, An Act to Repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1

C-12, An Act to Amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

C-17, An Act to amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act and to make a consequential amendment to another Act

C-21, An Act to amend the Customs Act

C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration Act

C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985

C-28, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (victim surcharge)

C-32, An Act related to the repeal of section 159 of the Criminal Code

C-33An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

C-34An Act to amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act and other Acts

C-38An Act to amend An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons)

C-39, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (unconstitutional provisions) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

C-42, An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act, the Pension Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

C-43, An Act respecting a payment to be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to support a pan-Canadian artificial intelligence strategy

C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts

C-46, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

C-47, An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code (amendments permitting the accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments)

S-2, Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians

Consideration in Committee

C-23, Preclearance Act (SECU)

C-44, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2017 and other measures (FINA)

At Report Stage

C-25, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and the Competition Act

C-36, An Act to amend the Statistics Act

At Third Reading

Consideration of Amendments Made by the Senate

C-6, An Act to Amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act


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ROYAL ASSENT

Awaiting Royal Assent

C-31, Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act

Received Royal Assent

S-4, Tax Convention and Arrangement Implementation Act, 2016

S-1001, An Act to authorize La Capitale Financial Security Insurance Company to apply to be continued as a body corporate under the laws of the Province of Quebec

C-2, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act

C-3, Appropriation Act No. 4, 2015-16

C-8, Appropriation Act No. 5, 2015-16

C-9, Appropriation Act No. 1, 2016-17

C-10An Act to amend the Air Canada Public Participation Act and to provide for certain other measures

C-11An Act to amend the Copyright Act (access to copyrighted works or other subject-matter for persons with perceptual disabilities)

C-13, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act, the Hazardous Products Act, the Radiation Emitting Devices Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, the Pest Control Products Act and the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, and to make related amendments to another Act

C-14An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying)

C-15, Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.

C-19, Appropriation Act No. 2, 2016-17

C-20Appropriation Act No. 3, 2016-17

C-26, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act and the Income Tax Act

C-29, Budget Implementation Act, No. 2

C-30, Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act

C-35, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017

C-37, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and to make related amendments to other Acts

C-40, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017

C-41, An Act for granting to Her Majesty certain sums of money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018


Information current as of 20 May 2017.

Bills C-1 and S-1

You may have already noticed that bill C-1 and S-1 are not located anywhere in the Status of Government Legislation posts featured on this blog. There is actually a good and very interesting reason for this. In this post we will examine the practical purpose of bills C-1 and S-1 in each session of Parliament and briefly review the historical perspectives of these bills.

Each session of Parliament begins with the formal opening of said Parliament with a Speech from the Throne delivered by the Governor-General on behalf of the reigning Monarch (monarchs have delivered this speech in Canada on various occasions) in the Senate Chamber. However, before the session begins, before all of the MPs make the trek from the House of Commons to the Senate and before all of the Senators and Justices of the Supreme Court take their seats before a filled regal chair in the Senate Chamber the entire Parliament is summoned by the Governor-General on the advice of the Prime Minister. The summoning of Parliament is a formal requirement in accordance with our constitution and established conventions on the opening of a session of parliament. The Summons itself is a Crown prerogative that on convention is exercised on the advice of the Prime Minister and is the literal formation of a particular Parliament by the Crown-in-Canada. This fact is important, the formation of our democratically elected House of Commons and appointed Senate into a particular Parliament with all of the powers, authorities and privileges required to conduct the democratic will of Canadians is rested upon the ordering of certain persons to Ottawa by the Crown. The glaring authority of the Crown in the formation of Parliament is made obvious in the direction the Crown gives to the Usher of the Black Rod to collect Members of Parliament from the House of Commons and summon them, on their feet before the Bar of the Senate, to listen to the Crown’s priorities and objectives for the government and the upcoming parliamentary session.

The Prime Minister proposed bill C-1 in the House of Commons. CBC News.
The Prime Minister proposes bill C-1 in the House of Commons following the Speech from the Throne. CBC News.

At the end of the Speech from the Throne, MPs return to the House of Commons and Senators continue business in the Senate. In the House of Commons bill C-1 is normally proposed by the Prime Minister and is titled An Act respecting the Administration of Oaths of Office. In the Senate, bill S-1 is proposed by the Senator representing the Government and is titled An Act relating to Railways. Each bill is considered to be pro forma, in that their mere form represents the historical purpose of the proposed legislation. Each is given a first reading and then is never moved again. And each bill has nothing to do with the title, in fact in recent times the bill itself it not even printed or published. But they are arguably the most important pieces of legislation in each session of parliament. These bills represent the automous nature of Parliament and specifically of each House of parliament. Regardless of what reason the Crown gives in the Senate during the Speech from the Throne for why the Parliament has been summoned and regardless of what priorities the Crown has established for the Government, both Houses assert their independence and ability to set their own business. Without these bills, the Houses may be compelled to conduct only business strictly related to that outlined in the Speech from the Throne, or at least historically that would have been the case.

Each bill is a carry over practice from the British Parliament. In the UK, each session of Parliament begins with the presentation of the Speech from the Throne (albeit with the actual reigning Monarch) and when MPs return to the House of Commons, the government presents C-1, the Outlawries Bill. Like our own C-1 and S-1, the bill is read a first time and then never again dispensed with during the session. Rarely is the bill printed today. And just like the Canadian custom, the bill signifies the independence of Parliament from the Crown. During a review of House of Commons practice in 2002, the Procedure Committee reviewed the practice and determined that it had historical significance with little impact on other business and therefore had no reason to be removed from practice.

You will not see bill C-1 and bill S-1 on the Status of Government Legislation series on this blog because there is little reason to list it constantly in Second Reading in the House of Commons and the Senate respectively. However, that does not undermine their importance. Bills C-1 and S-1 are a constant reminder of the independence of parliament and the democratic authority that we mandate to our elected representatives in Ottawa. Their importance in a free and democratic society cannot be overstated.