Bill C-27

First Nations Financial Transparency Act

An Act to enhance the financial accountability and transparency of First Nations

This bill was tabled by John Duncan on Nov. 24, 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

Concurrence at Report Stage

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  • Photo of Royal Galipeau
    Royal Galipeau spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, Bill S-6 would make a positive difference in the lives of first nation citizens. As the government has articulated clearly, this bill would enable first nations to build stronger, more accountable governments that would lead to better futures for themselves, their families and their communities. ... more

    June 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Niki Ashton
    Niki Ashton spoke about Government Orders > Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise in the House to speak to a very important bill and a very important issue for the people I represent in northern Manitoba. I am honoured to represent the people of Churchill. That includes 33 first nations, first nations that are diverse, young with tremendous energy and tremendous opportunity. However, immense challenges exist on these first nations. Nowhere is that challenge more evident than the lack of access to safe drinking water, water services and sewage services on first nations. ... more

    June 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Greg Rickford
    Greg Rickford spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Indian Affairs and Northern Development—Main Estimates, 2013–14

    Mr. Chair, I thank the member for Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, who started the work on her private member's bill and made significant contributions to what would become Bill C-27 and now law. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kelly Block
    Kelly Block spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Indian Affairs and Northern Development—Main Estimates, 2013–14

    Mr. Chair, two years ago, after hearing complaints from first nation community members, I introduced my private member's bill, Bill C-575, to increase financial transparency and accountability for first nations across Canada. My bill died on the order paper, but this government introduced Bill C-27, the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, to deliver more effective, transparent and accountable governments. I am proud to have contributed to this legislation becoming law so that first nation communities can benefit from the investment, economic development and greater certainty that accompanies enhanced accountability and transparency. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kelly Block
    Kelly Block spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Indian Affairs and Northern Development—Main Estimates, 2013–14

    Mr. Chair, I rise to speak to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's main estimates for 2013-14. Before I begin, I would like to indicate that I will use the first 10 minutes of my time to speak and the last 5 minutes to pose questions. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Crowder
    Jean Crowder spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Indian Affairs and Northern Development—Main Estimates, 2013–14

    Mr. Chair, since there is clearly no money to implement Bill C-27, why did the government change the most recent contribution agreements to tie the implementation of Bill C-27 to the funding agreements?

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Crowder
    Jean Crowder spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Indian Affairs and Northern Development—Main Estimates, 2013–14

    Mr. Chair, could the minister please indicate where in the estimates the additional funding required by first nations to implement all aspects of Bill C-27 is?

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Crowder
    Jean Crowder spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--First Nations, Métis and Inuit

    Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Manicouagan for that very good speech and for his very committed work. I know that he has been doing great work raising awareness on a number of pieces of legislation, including the omnibus bill, Bill C-45, and Bill C-27, the financial transparency and accountability act, which the Conservatives have pushed through. ... more

    April 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jonathan Genest-Jourdain
    Jonathan Genest-Jourdain spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--First Nations, Métis and Inuit

    Mr. Speaker, taking into account the scope and familiar nature of the motion before the House, it is my duty to support the explicit and underlying concepts it contains. ... more

    April 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act > Bill C-42—Time Allocation Motion

    Mr. Speaker, it is important that we recognize the fact that the government has a record in terms of putting time allocation on numerous bills. The Liberal Party has been fairly clear in stating its support for the principle of the bill that is in question today, and we would ultimately like to see it pass. We have not been putting up speakers to try to delay, or anything of that nature, but we do question the level of frequency by which the government uses time allocation. We have seen it on numerous bills, whether it is Bill C-27, the first nations accountability bill, Air Canada, Canada Post, CP, the Panama free trade agreement, budget bills, back to work legislation with regard to Air Canada, the Financial System Review Act, the gun registry, the copyright bill, the pooled pension plan bill, one of my favourites, and the Canadian Wheat Board. All of these are bills, and more, on which the government has decided to invoke time allocation. ... more

    March 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jonathan Genest-Jourdain
    Jonathan Genest-Jourdain spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will start by talking about the implications when someone receives a verdict of not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder. I will focus on understanding the parameters for and applications of such measures in criminal proceedings. ... more

    March 1, 2013,   Parliament
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    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to rise today to say a few words on Bill C-55. ... more

    Feb. 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Chris Warkentin
    Chris Warkentin spoke about Oral Questions > Aboriginal Affairs

    Mr. Speaker, last week, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs appeared before the Senate committee on aboriginal peoples on Bill C-27. During the meeting, Liberal Senator Nicholas acknowledged the difficulty in getting information out of her own first nations leadership and Liberal Senator Sibbeston said that he supported the bill. Yet, near the end of the meeting these same Liberal senators walked out of the meeting denouncing the bill. ... more

    Feb. 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Wilks
    David Wilks spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion—Aboriginal Canadians

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to the motion brought forward by the member for Nanaimo—Cowichan. I will be sharing my time with the member for Peace River. ... more

    Jan. 31, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of John Duncan
    John Duncan spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion—Aboriginal Canadians

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to the motion by the member for Nanaimo—Cowichan. The member's motion calls for improved economic outcomes for first nations, Inuit and Métis, and a commitment on treaty implementation and meaningful consultation on legislation with aboriginal peoples in Canada. ... more

    Jan. 31, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jonathan Genest-Jourdain
    Jonathan Genest-Jourdain spoke about Government Orders > Technical Tax Amendments Act, 2012

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for that question. ... more

    Jan. 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jonathan Genest-Jourdain
    Jonathan Genest-Jourdain spoke about Government Orders > Technical Tax Amendments Act, 2012

    Mr. Speaker, I will begin the New Year by addressing some notions that are, to say the least, tiresome, since they are associated with the ins and outs of the Canadian tax system. The spirit of plurality that should inform remarks made in this House and my constant concern to highlight the ethnic diversity of this country encourage me to present these comments, which deal with Bill C-48, from a perspective of exposing white-collar crime, tax avoidance schemes and corporate tax evasion on aboriginal lands. ... more

    Jan. 28, 2013,   Parliament
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    Kelly Block spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    Nov. 29, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Francine Raynault
    Francine Raynault spoke about Private Members' Business > Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to have the privilege of talking about an issue as important as the one addressed in Bill C-428. I believe that this bill is important because it tackles the horrible Indian Act of 1876. There can be no doubt that this bill is one of Canada's most archaic colonial legacies. That is why I commend the member for Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River on his initiative. However, it is not enough. It is too little, too late. The Conservative government should consider a much farther-reaching rewrite of the Indian Act and a much more open process. ... more

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rob Clarke
    Rob Clarke spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Financial Transparency Act

    Mr. Speaker, as many of speeches here today have underlined, there is no shortage of good reasons to support this legislation. Among the most powerful is the fact that this act will address a glaring deficiency in the way first nations governments operate at the moment. They are currently the only governments in Canada that do not adhere to transparency and accountability legislation. ... more

    Nov. 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Financial Transparency Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the member opposite for her speech. I have to say that this government's slogan seems to be, “do as I say, not as I do.” ... more

    Nov. 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kelly Block
    Kelly Block spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Financial Transparency Act

    Mr. Speaker, members would be hard pressed to find anyone who is more aware of the need for and proud of this legislation than I. As my hon. colleagues know, I have been championing this issue for a very long time. It is almost two years ago now that I introduced Bill C-575, the first iteration of today's first nations financial transparency act. I believed then, as I do now, that first nations residents, like all Canadians, deserve transparency and accountability from their officials. ... more

    Nov. 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dennis Bevington
    Dennis Bevington spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Financial Transparency Act

    Mr. Speaker, today we have before us Bill C-27, the so-called first nations financial transparency act. This is another example of how the Conservative government tells Canada's aboriginal people to do as it says, not as it does. ... more

    Nov. 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kelly Block
    Kelly Block spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Financial Transparency Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is evident from the remarks that were just made that the NDP really wants to ensure that those first nations leaders who prefer not to provide their members with access to basic financial information will continue to have the right to do so. Indeed, during the clause-by-clause review of Bill C-27, which I participated in at committee, one of their amendments proposed removing the word “public” from before the word “disclosure” in clause 3. ... more

    Nov. 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Carol Hughes
    Carol Hughes spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Financial Transparency Act

    Mr. Speaker, to continue, we knew from the outset that there was a problem because the bill intended to duplicate something that already existed. To think that first nations report nothing about the funding they receive or the salaries and compensation they provide to their leadership is false and misleading. ... more

    Nov. 27, 2012,   Parliament
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