Bill C-15

Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

This bill was tabled by Peter MacKay on Oct. 8, 2011.

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How does a bill become a law?

Don’t trust Schoolhouse Rock – that’s for Americans. To become a law, a bill in the Canada’s Parliament needs to go through the following steps, and pass when voted on during each step:

  • It all starts with the first reading, when the bill is introduced.
  • Next comes the second reading, when other MPs or Senators get to debate the bill.
  • After that, the bill goes to a committee that studies and amends it line-by-line. Once they finish, the bill goes returns to the House or Senate for the report stage, where anyone can propose amendments.
  • The third reading is the moment of truth: no more changes, just a debate and a final vote on whether or not the bill should pass.
  • If a bill makes it through all of those steps – in both the House of Commons and Senate – it’s ready to get Royal Assent and become a law.

Status of this Bill

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Royal Assent

    I have the honour to inform the House that when the House did attend His Excellency the Governor General in the Senate chamber, His Excellency was pleased to give, in Her Majesty's name, the royal assent to certain bills: ... more

    June 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Julie Besner spoke

    I believe it's as a result of motion NDP-14 with respect to the address of the accused being provided to the victim. That motion amended the National Defence Act provision that provides for that amendment. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, something I have admitted publicly before, that I got quite wrong in terms of my thinking when the current government moved from a minority to a majority position, was how the tone and tenor of the debate would be and how legislation would be dealt with. I assumed that with a majority and the confidence of being able to pass legislation, that confidence would then lead to a certain amount of willingness to discuss amendments and work on legislation because at no point in a majority government, unless there is a serious crisis, can the government fall. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
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    Nathan Cullen spoke about Government Orders > Extension of Sitting Hours

    Mr. Speaker, I apologize for interrupting my colleague just at the beginning of his speech on the justification for the motion that he has just presented to the House, but we have a point of order that we need to raise because I think it establishes a couple of important things for you, as Speaker, to determine before we get into the context and the particulars of this motion. ... more

    May 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, this afternoon we will continue the debate on today’s opposition motion from the NDP. Pursuant to the rules of the House, time is allocated and there will be a vote after the two-day debate. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bruce Stanton
    Bruce Stanton spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    It being 5:30 p.m., the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at third reading stage of Bill C-15. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    The House resumed from April 30 consideration of the motion that Bill C-15, An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be read the third time and passed.

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 671
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
    • Against 100%
      Green
    • Against 100%
      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Bloc
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
    • In favour 100%
      Conservative
    May 1, 2013
  • Photo of Christine Moore
    Christine Moore spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am sure that if the Minister of National Defence had introduced Bill C-15 with the amendments from Bill C-41, we could have perhaps avoided a few hours of debate. However, I do think it is important for this bill to pass. That is why we have decided to support it. We will see what happens, but I think that we should be prepared to vote quickly so it can pass. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Christine Moore
    Christine Moore spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to speak to Bill C-15 at third reading. The bill seeks to strengthen military justice. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Francis Scarpaleggia
    Francis Scarpaleggia spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Fortunately, I have the defence critic sitting next to me here. He is a fine defence critic and knows the bill inside out. He has been briefing members of our caucus with great skill and knowledge of the bill. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Francis Scarpaleggia
    Francis Scarpaleggia spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I have the distinct pleasure of rising for the second day in a row to discuss and debate Bill C-15 on the military justice system. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Francine Raynault
    Francine Raynault spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am sharing my time with the member for Ottawa Centre. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Randall Garrison
    Randall Garrison spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-15, An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, more commonly referred to as “the military justice act”. I am happy to say today that, as a result of improvements that have been incorporated into the bill by amendments at the committee stage, I will support Bill C-15 at third reading. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mathieu Ravignat
    Mathieu Ravignat spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to inform you that I will be sharing my speaking time with the member for Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jack Harris
    Jack Harris spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, just before question period and members' statements I was outlining why we have seen fit to indicate our support for this bill at third reading despite the fact that we voted against it at second reading, second reading being approval in principle. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill C-15, An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be read the third time and passed.

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jack Harris
    Jack Harris spoke about Government Orders > Privilege > Scope of Private Members' Bills

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to have an opportunity to speak to Bill C-15 at third reading. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    They might want to check the committee records, Mr. Speaker. If there is one, they have 10 or 15 minutes to maybe explain exactly which amendment of theirs passed. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I can assure you that I did not use any unparliamentary language. I was reminiscing about something that took place here. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is with pleasure that I rise to speak to Bill C-15. The other day I had the opportunity to say a few words prior to its coming to third reading. It is always a pleasure to share some thoughts and ideas and provide comments on the important issue of military justice versus civilian justice. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, Bill C-15 does not deal with the issue of rights for counsel for summary appeals. There is no right to an appeal. No transcript is kept. On the other hand, in other forms of justice systems that is allowed to take place. Could she provide an explanation as to why she does not believe those types of needs are good for our military personnel?

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Isabelle Morin
    Isabelle Morin spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill C-15, An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. This is the second time I have spoken about this bill, because I made another speech during second reading. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault
    Pierre-Luc Dusseault spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his kind words regarding my skills. For the record, I do not plan on embarking upon any new careers. For the time being, I will focus on my work here and dedicate my time to trying to foil the defence. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of John McKay
    John McKay spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I cannot comment on whether the hon. member is fit for a military career. I can comment on whether he is fit for a hockey career, and certainly on that score, the Montreal Canadiens could use his shooting skills, but possibly not his skating skills. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
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