Bill C-24

Canada–Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Panama, the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Republic of Panama and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Panama

This bill was tabled by Ed Fast on Nov. 15, 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.
  • 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

Second Reading

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  • Photo of Anne-Marie Day
    Anne-Marie Day spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

    Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleagues who have spoken so far to Bill C-24, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Panama, the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Republic of Panama and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Panama. They have also done a fine job of explaining the NDP's position on this bill and why we oppose it. ... more

    Nov. 7, 2012,   Parliament
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    Lois Brown spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

    Mr. Speaker, there are no words I like to hear more than “new markets”. ... more

    Nov. 7, 2012,   Parliament
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    Ron Cannan spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege and an honour to rise in the House this afternoon to speak to this very important Canada-Panama free trade agreement. ... more

    Nov. 7, 2012,   Parliament
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    Annick Papillon spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

    Mr. Speaker, as a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade, I am very pleased to speak to Bill C-24, the Canada–Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act. ... more

    Nov. 7, 2012,   Parliament
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    Nov. 7, 2012,   Parliament
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    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    Nov. 7, 2012
  • Photo of Robert Chisholm
    Robert Chisholm spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to engage in the debate on Bill C-24 at third reading, as I did at second reading, because it is an important debate and an important bill. It is about how we trade with other nations in the world. I have said before and will say again that it is my contention, and that of the official opposition, that Canada should be much more engaged in promoting multilateral trade. We should be working with the international community in its entirety. That is the best way to work toward better deals and arrangements to lift the trade standards of all countries equally, rather than trying to do one-offs with countries to beat the U.S. or the European community. Otherwise, it is kind of hit and miss. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
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    Carol Hughes spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

    Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for Beauport—Limoilou for sharing his time with me. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
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    Rosane Doré Lefebvre spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Beauport—Limoilou for his excellent speech. The member for Hochelaga also briefly mentioned the fact that Panama is a tax haven in her speech. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very proud to rise in the House today. The Albas family has a strong connection to Panama. In fact, when my great-grandfather left Spain, he found work constructing the Panama Canal, and eventually was able to work his way up to Canada where he set roots. The rest is history. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of John Rafferty
    John Rafferty spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

    Exactly. On that same day the Conservative government tabled the agreement in the House as Bill C-46. The bill passed second reading and committee stage, but it died on the order paper at the dissolution of the 40th Parliament. The legislation was reintroduced on November 15, 2011 as Bill C-24. So we can hardly be accused of holding this legislation up. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet
    Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the hon. member for Thunder Bay—Rainy River. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rosane Doré Lefebvre
    Rosane Doré Lefebvre spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague across the way for his very interesting speech. Before deciding to ask him a question, I took the time to look at the timeline of this agreement and how it was discussed in committee. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
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    Wayne Easter spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is too bad there were no questions for the member for London West, because in his remarks he talked about Canada being open for business. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
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    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
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    Jasbir Sandhu spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act > Third reading

    Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to rise in the House on behalf of the citizens of Surrey North to speak to Bill C-24, the proposed free trade agreement between Canada and Panama. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
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    Don Davies spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act > Third reading

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to stand today in the House and speak to Bill C-24, the Canada-Panama trade agreement. The full name is an act to implement the free trade agreement between Canada and the Republic of Panama, the agreement on the environment between Canada and the Republic of Panama and the agreement on labour co-operation between Canada and the Republic of Panama. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
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    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
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    Jean Rousseau spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act > Bill C-24—Time Allocation Motion

    Mr. Speaker, what is so urgent? Maybe they want to see the American presidential election results. They probably want to get settled in at home as soon as possible. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Wayne Easter
    Wayne Easter spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act > Bill C-24—Time Allocation Motion

    Mr. Speaker, in his earlier remarks, the House leader said he was mistaken on where the Liberal Party is at. No, he is not. Liberals have supported this agreement for a very long time. The need for time allocation on Bill C-24 is absurd. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
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    Matthew Dubé spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act > Bill C-24—Time Allocation Motion

    Mr. Speaker, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons is following the Americans' lead. Well, the Americans waited until a tax information exchange agreement to address tax havens was signed before ratifying their agreement. The hon. member for Skeena—Bulkley Valley mentioned this earlier. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
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    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act > Bill C-24—Time Allocation Motion

    moved: ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 490
    That, in relation to Bill C-24, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Panama, the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Republic of Panama and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between ... more
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    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > Canada–Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act > Bill C-24 Notice of Time Allocation

    Mr. Speaker, it is important that the Canada-Panama free trade agreement is implemented as soon as possible. We need to give Canadian workers and businesses more market access for their exports. Unfortunately, we find that the NDP is ideologically opposed to free trade, so it is not surprising that I must advise an agreement could not be reached under the provisions of Standing Order 78(1) or 78(2) with respect to the third reading stage of Bill C-24, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Republic of Panama, the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Republic of Panama and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Republic of Panama. Under the provisions of Standing Order 78(3), I give notice that a minister of the Crown will propose at the next sitting a motion to allot a specific number of days or hours for consideration and disposal of proceedings at the said stage.

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
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    Marc-André Morin spoke about Government Orders > Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act

    Mr. Speaker, I understand that we live in the best country in the world, according to the talking points issued by the Prime Minister's Office that the Conservatives are so proud to read, but I am still rising to speak to Bill C-24 today with some concern. ... more

    Nov. 2, 2012,   Parliament
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