Bill C-208

An Act to amend the Supreme Court Act (understanding the official languages)

This bill was tabled by Yvon Godin on June 14, 2011.


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

Activity Feed

  • Photo of Anne Minh-Thu Quach
    Anne Minh-Thu Quach spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to commend the remarkable work done by my colleague from Louis-Saint-Laurent in getting this bill through by bringing together all members from all parties of the House. This member often works in a non-partisan way. She is very open, very patient and she does excellent groundwork. She brings people together. She takes the time to explain things to people, but she also takes the time to listen to every concern. She is extremely present. She has shed some light on bilingualism, on the quality and the importance of bilingualism within our institution. She proves her own bilingualism every day. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Irene Mathyssen
    Irene Mathyssen spoke about Government Orders > Senate Reform Act

    Madam Speaker, I am very happy to be speaking to the Senate reform bill. ... more

    Nov. 22, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Yvon Godin
    Yvon Godin spoke about Routine Proceedings > Supreme Court Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-208, An Act to amend the Supreme Court Act (understanding the official languages). ... more

    June 13, 2011,   Parliament