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PLEASE NOTE: When Parliament was dissolved for the federal election of May 2, 2011, Bill C-389, after being passed at third reading by the House of Commons, died on the order paper before being passed by the Senate. The NDP Official Opposition has reintroduced the bill as Bill C-279. This site is now archived. We invite you to visit the new site at http://billc279.wordpress.com/ .
CURRENT STATUS: Bill C-389 passed third reading in the House of Commons on February 9, 2011. The bill now goes to the Senate and must pass before an election is called in order to become law. Watch this site over the near future for details about how the bill will move forward and how you can help.
Before Bill C-389: Earlier versions of the bill were introduced in previous Parliaments, since all pending legislation “dies on the order paper” when Parliament is dissolved and a general election is called. The first version, Bill C-392, was introduced by Bill Siksay in the 38th Parliament on May 17, 2005. It was reintroduced as Bill C-326 in the 39th Parliament on June 19, 2006. Neither bill was ever debated.
First reading in the House: Bill C-389 was given first reading — i.e. was tabled in the House of Commons by Mr. Siksay — on May 15, 2009.
During the debate, the following MPs spoke on the bill:
In favour of the bill:
- Bill Siksay (NDP, Burnaby-Douglas, BC)
- Rob Oliphant (Liberal, Don Valley West, ON)
- Meili Faille (BQ, Vaudreuil-Soulanges, QC),
- Megan Leslie (NDP, Halifax, NS)
- Mario Silva (Liberal, Davenport, ON)
- Nicole Demers (BQ, Laval, QC)
- Libby Davies (NDP, Vancouver East, BC)
- Hedy Fry (Liberal, Vancouver Centre, BC)
- Jim Maloway (NDP, Elmwood-Transcona, MB)Against the bill:
- Sylvie Boucher (Conservative, Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women, Beauport-Limoilou, QC)
- Lois Brown (Conservative, Newmarket-Aurora, ON)
- Daniel Petit (Conservative, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles, QC)On June 8, it was passed by the House of Commons “on division,” meaning without a recorded vote. It was then referred to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
- Committee: The bill was considered by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on November 2, 2010. It was passed by the committee and returned to the House of Commons without amendment.The committee members voted on the bill as follows:
In favour of the bill:
- Bob Dechert (Conservative, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, Mississauga-Erindale, ON)
- Daniel Petit (Conservative, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles, QC)
- Rick Norlock (Conservative, Northumberland—Quinte West, ON)
- Marlene Jennings (Liberal, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, QC)
- Derek Lee (Liberal, Scarborough—Rouge River, ON)
- Brian Murphy (Liberal, Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe, NB)
- Marc Lemay (BQ, Abitibi—Témiscamingue, QC)
- Serge Ménard (BQ, Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, QC)
- Joe Comartin (NDP, Windsor—Tecumseh, ON)Against the bill:
- Brent Rathgeber (Conservative, Edmonton—St. Albert, AB)
- Stephen Woodworth (Conservative, Kitchener Centre, ON)
- Third reading in the House:Bill C-389 will have its first hour of debate on third reading on December 7, 2010, with the second hour and the final vote in the House expected in the New Year.
- Senate: If Bill C-389 passes the House, it will have to undergo first reading, second reading, committee review, and third reading in the Senate as well, before receiving the formality of Royal Assent and becoming law.