Bill C-18

Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act

An Act to reorganize the Canadian Wheat Board and to make consequential and related amendments to certain Acts

This bill was tabled by Gerry Ritz on Oct. 19, 2011.

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  • 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.
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  • 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 Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Routine Proceedings > Points of Order > Standing Committee on Finance

    Mr. Speaker, I am grateful to the hon. House Leader of the Official Oppositionfor raising this point of order yesterday, objecting to the unusual procedures that were accepted within the Standing Committee on Finance, in relation to the clause-by-clause treatment of Bill C-60, the 2013 omnibus budget bill. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rob Nicholson
    Rob Nicholson spoke about Routine Proceedings > Privilege > Department of Justice

    Speaker, I rise to respond to the question of privilege that was raised shortly before the recent constituency week. The member referred to allegations made by an official in the Department of Justice, which are currently the subject of litigation before the Federal Court. He has said that if those allegations are true, then the House was misled. I firmly reject that insinuation. ... more

    March 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Routine Proceedings > Privilege > Legislation to Reorganize the Canadian Wheat Board--Speaker's Ruling

    I am now prepared to rule on the question of privilege raised on December 8, 2011, by the member for Guelph in relation to proceedings on Bill C-18, An Act to reorganize the Canadian Wheat Board and to make consequential and related amendments to certain Acts. ... more

    Jan. 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, thank you for the opportunity to give my last Thursday statement of 2011. The fall has been a productive, hard-working and orderly session. It has been capped by results that we have seen in the House during delivering results month since we returned from the Remembrance Day constituency week. ... more

    Dec. 15, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gerry Ritz
    Gerry Ritz spoke about Oral Questions > Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, the new year will be bright for western Canadian farmers. We are continuing to proceed with Bill C-18. We will move it through, and it will receive royal assent. ... more

    Dec. 14, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gerry Ritz
    Gerry Ritz spoke about Oral Questions > Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, I think we will rename this bill CF-35 to get it through even faster. ... more

    Dec. 14, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pat Martin
    Pat Martin spoke about Oral Questions > Canadian Wheat Board

    CF-18 is the other insult to the Prairies, Mr. Speaker. ... more

    Dec. 14, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Wayne Easter
    Wayne Easter spoke about Adjournment Proceedings > Canadian Wheat Board

    Madam Speaker, the parliamentary secretary certainly misses the point. If there is one thing that will be certain as a result of the government's action in destroying the Canadian Wheat Board, it will be uncertainty in the grain markets. That will be the bottom line. ... more

    Dec. 14, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Wayne Easter
    Wayne Easter spoke about Adjournment Proceedings > Canadian Wheat Board

    Madam Speaker, in my question on November 4, I asked the minister to explain his act of misleading the committee and why he deliberately refused to meet the board of directors of the Canadian Wheat Board. ... more

    Dec. 13, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Anderson
    David Anderson spoke about Oral Questions > Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, we are in agreement with western Canadian farmers that they want certainty as soon as possible. They want certainty on January 1, 2012. They want to know that they can go out and start to book their contracts for next year and they want to know that they can deal with the people who they want to deal with. They want freedom and we will give them that. ... more

    Dec. 9, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kelly Block
    Kelly Block spoke about Statements By Members > Government Priorities

    Mr. Speaker, last spring Canadians elected a government that is listening and keeping its promises. ... more

    Dec. 9, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Frank Valeriote
    Frank Valeriote spoke about Oral Questions > Privilege > Legislation to Reorganize the Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, this is in response to the comments by the government House leader. ... more

    Dec. 8, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joe Comartin
    Joe Comartin spoke about Oral Questions > Privilege > Legislation to Reorganize the Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, I want to correct the government House leader, because his government obviously does not understand the nature of the decision that was made, and quite frankly, the nature of the law on this point. ... more

    Dec. 8, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Privilege > Legislation to Reorganize the Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, I should start out by correcting the hon. member for Guelph. ... more

    Dec. 8, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Frank Valeriote
    Frank Valeriote spoke about Oral Questions > Privilege > Legislation to Reorganize the Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today on this question of privilege to request, in recognition of the decision made yesterday by Mr. Justice Campbell of the Federal Court, and the need that this House be in compliance with the rule of law and be seen by all Canadians to actively demonstrate its willingness to accept and defer to the rule of law, that you reconsider the basis of your earlier ruling stemming from the question of privilege raised by my colleague, the member for Malpeque, on October 18 of this year. ... more

    Dec. 8, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pat Martin
    Pat Martin spoke about Oral Questions > Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, Justice Campbell also said that the minister will be held accountable for his disregard for the law. Now that the courts have ruled that Conservatives are in contempt of the rule of law, how can the Conservative-dominated Senate give approval and pass a bill that it knows will be struck down by the courts? ... more

    Dec. 8, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gerry Ritz
    Gerry Ritz spoke about Oral Questions > Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, we have exactly that. We have three of the four provinces involved in the Canadian Wheat Board jurisdiction and the vast majority of all the farm groups in the Prairies, other than the NFU, supporting us in moving forward. ... more

    Dec. 8, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pat Martin
    Pat Martin spoke about Oral Questions > Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, the Federal Court has ruled that our Minister of Agriculture is a scofflaw. ... more

    Dec. 8, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pat Martin
    Pat Martin spoke about Statements By Members > Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, the Federal Court has ruled that the federal government's actions and the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food 's conduct on Bill C-18, the Canadian Wheat Board Act were an affront to the rule of law. ... more

    Dec. 8, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Merv Tweed
    Merv Tweed spoke about Oral Questions > Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, Allen Oberg and his seven Canadian Wheat Board directors said they would spend millions of dollars of farmers' money to fight Bill C-18, the marketing freedom for grain farmers act, and they did. ... more

    Dec. 7, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gerry Ritz
    Gerry Ritz spoke about Oral Questions > Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, we were all waiting with bated breath to see how that anger management course turned out. Apparently, it did not work. ... more

    Dec. 7, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of LaVar Payne
    LaVar Payne spoke

    Anyway, I think it was nice for those gentlemen to be here. Both John and Jim are actually going to the Senate committee hearing in the next 10 minutes or so, to speak on Bill C-18. ... more

    Dec. 6, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Oral Questions > Points of Order > Disturbance in Gallery and Decorum in the House—Speaker's Ruling

    I am now prepared to rule on two points of order raised concerning disturbances in the chamber. ... more

    Dec. 6, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gerry Ritz
    Gerry Ritz spoke

    Sure. As you well know, the BRM programs and the whole suite of programs are shared between the federal government, at 60%, and the provinces and territories at 40%, so we work together. As we're developing the new programs, we include industry as well to ask what worked and what didn't work and what it is that industry sees changing. As you well know, Mr. Hoback, agriculture has changed drastically in the last decade, in the last five years, and it's doing that as we roll forward, so we want to make sure we're capturing the potential of change as well. ... more

    Dec. 1, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Anderson
    David Anderson spoke about Oral Questions > Canadian Wheat Board

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Yorkton—Melville for his great work on this issue. ... more

    Nov. 29, 2011,   Parliament
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