Bill C-16

Security of Tenure of Military Judges Act

An Act to amend the National Defence Act (military judges)

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

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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

Royal Assent

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  • Photo of Blaine Calkins
    Blaine Calkins spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am glad to rise in my place today and speak to this legislation. I would like to thank my colleague the member of Parliament for Barrie for sharing his time with me, for his excellent speech and for his support of the bill. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
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    Christine Moore spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act > Motions in Amendment

    Mr. Speaker, before addressing clause 4 and the related amendments, I would like to provide some background on Bill C-15, so that things are clear for everyone who is watching or trying to follow the debate. ... more

    March 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Chris Alexander
    Chris Alexander spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act > Motions in Amendment

    Mr. Speaker, obviously we have never taken the position that there were not improvements required to ensure the constitutionality of this legislation. ... more

    March 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Chris Alexander
    Chris Alexander spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act > Motions in Amendment

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise in this place again at report stage debate on Bill C-15, a bill that is absolutely fundamental to the well-being of the Canadian Forces and to the modernization of the military justice system, which is at the absolute core of its mandate. ... more

    March 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • LCol André Dufour spoke

    I can answer that. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
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    Jack Harris spoke

    I might remind my colleague that, led by Mr. Harris, the legislation with respect to military judges went through all three stages of legislation in the House of Commons, with respect to Bill C-16, in a matter of three weeks. It was introduced on maybe October 10 or 11 and was passed into law before the end of that month, because it was regarded as a necessity, given the circumstances that presented themselves. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Gilles Létourneau (Retired Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, As an Individual) spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair and members of the committee. I am proud and honoured to share my knowledge in Canadian military justice with this committee in the context of Bill C-15. ... more

    Feb. 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • MGen Blaise Cathcart spoke

    Great. Those are very important questions. I don't mean to make light of them, but they reflect a natural...some tensions around town between lawyers. It's not unusual; you see the same in private practice. I will address that in a second. ... more

    Feb. 4, 2013,   Parliament
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    Jack Harris spoke

    Thank you, Chair, and good afternoon, Mr. Minister. Thank you for being with us today. ... more

    Jan. 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandrine Latendresse
    Alexandrine Latendresse spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, for almost a year and a half, I have had the opportunity to debate in the House a number of issues that are dear to me. At times, we must also debate issues with which we are not as familiar. You will agree that we cannot be interested in everything all the time. However, that does not mean that the issues are not very interesting, and I do not doubt their importance. For many Canadians, everything to do with the military is somewhat of a mystery. The public definitely knows that Canada has an army and many people are very proud of it. However, the internal workings of the armed forces are a mystery to mere mortals. ... more

    Oct. 22, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Linda Duncan
    Linda Duncan spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank all who have risen to speak to the bill, particularly my colleagues in the New Democratic Party who are making a valiant attempt trying to persuade the government that we should be respecting the hard work at committee and the consensus that was reached. ... more

    Oct. 22, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Randall Garrison
    Randall Garrison spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am happy to speak tonight to this important bill, Bill C-15, more commonly referred to as the military justice act. It is a bill that should have been dealt with Parliament long ago, but was delayed numerous times by the vagaries of the Canadian electoral system. ... more

    June 20, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Tarik Brahmi
    Tarik Brahmi spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, first I would like to say that I am very honoured to participate in the debate today on Bill C-15, which would strengthen the military justice system, for a number of reasons. ... more

    June 20, 2012,   Parliament
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    Bruce Stanton spoke about Royal Assent

    Order, please. I have the honour to inform the House that a communication has been received as follows: ... more

    Nov. 29, 2011,   Parliament
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    Bruce Stanton spoke about Government Orders > Message from the Senate

    Before we resume debate, I have the honour to inform the House that a message has been received from the Senate informing this House that the Senate has passed Bill C-16, An Act to amend the National Defence Act (military judges).

    Nov. 29, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joe Comartin
    Joe Comartin spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Closure and Time Allocation

    He is playing, Mr. Speaker, it is not this fall, but it is in this session of Parliament. ... more

    Nov. 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > The National Defence Act

    Mr. Speaker, there have been discussions among the parties and I would ask for unanimous consent for the following motion: ... more

    Nov. 16, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Bezan
    James Bezan spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > National Defence

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the first report of the Standing Committee on National Defence. ... more

    Nov. 15, 2011,   Parliament
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    James Bezan spoke

    It is often pointed out to me that the way the wording has been done in French versus English in Bill C-15 is also quite deliberate. It's consistent with what we see in Bill C-16.

    Nov. 15, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Chris Alexander

    Thanks, Chair, and I'd like to thank all members for their cooperation on this issue, especially Mr. Christopherson and Mr. McKay, and thanks to our witness. Thanks to our ever vigilant chair and others on our side and analysts. ... more

    Nov. 15, 2011,   Parliament
  • Col Michael R. Gibson spoke

    There is a provision for a reserve for our military judges panel under Bill C-15. Of course, that is not part of the very narrowly focused provisions in Bill C-16 currently before the committee.

    Nov. 15, 2011,   Parliament
  • Col Michael R. Gibson (Deputy Judge Advocate General, Military Justice, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Department of National Defence) spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    Nov. 15, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Bezan
    James Bezan spoke

    Good morning, everyone. We are in meeting number 12 of the new session. We're going to be dealing with the order of reference that was sent to committee from the House of Commons on November 4 to undertake the study of Bill C-16, An Act to amend the National Defence Act (military judges). ... more

    Nov. 15, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Randall Garrison
    Randall Garrison spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the remarks from the hon. parliamentary secretary. My question involves the review that was done by the hon. Mr. Justice Lamer submitted in 2003. That review contained some 88 recommendations, a few of which are covered in Bill C-16 and some in Bill C-15, but it seems the government has substituted its judgment for Mr. Justice Lamer in omitting some of those. ... more

    Nov. 4, 2011,   Parliament
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    Chris Alexander spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, as I was saying, we have had great collaboration from all three parties represented in this House. ... more

    Nov. 4, 2011,   Parliament
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