Bill C-305

National Public Transit Strategy Act

An Act to establish a National Public Transit Strategy

This bill was tabled by Olivia Chow on Oct. 1, 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

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > National Public Transit Strategy Act

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at second reading stage of Bill C-305.

    Sept. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > National Public Transit Strategy Act

    The House resumed from June 20 consideration of the motion that Bill C-305, An Act to establish a National Public Transit Strategy, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Sept. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rathika Sitsabaiesan
    Rathika Sitsabaiesan spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Public Transit

    Mr. Speaker, I also have a petition in support of Bill C-305, the bill to create a national public—

    Sept. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Chris Charlton
    Chris Charlton spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Public Transit

    Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to introduce a petition today signed by thousands of people from across the country in support of Bill C-305, which was introduced by my colleague, the member for Trinity—Spadina. ... more

    Sept. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke about Statements By Members > Public Transit

    Mr. Speaker, our government recognizes public transit as a key part of our communities. Since 2006, our government has invested close to $5 billion in public transit, more than any other previous government. ... more

    Sept. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 458
    That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
    • Against 100%
      Conservative
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
    • A 100%
      Bloc
    • In favour 100%
      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Green
    Sept. 19, 2012
  • Photo of Jamie Nicholls
    Jamie Nicholls spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Public Transit

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition about something that is important to many of my constituents: the need for a Canada-wide public transit strategy. This petition supports Bill C-305, which would establish a Canada-wide public transit strategy.

    Sept. 17, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Olivia Chow
    Olivia Chow spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > National Transit Strategy

    Mr. Speaker, I am presenting a petition on behalf of my constituents who join with over 70 organizations, city councils and mayors in support of a national transit strategy contained in my Bill C-305, which will be voted on this Wednesday.

    Sept. 17, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gerry Byrne
    Gerry Byrne spoke about Private Members' Business > National Public Transit Strategy Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to the private member's bill, Bill C-305, concerning a public transit strategy. ... more

    June 13, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Sullivan
    Mike Sullivan spoke about Private Members' Business > National Public Transit Strategy Act

    Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate my colleague from Trinity—Spadina for having the tenacity and the doggedness to push ahead with the decision by this party to support a national public transit strategy across this vast land of ours, not just in urban centres but in rural Canada as well. ... more

    June 13, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Aubin
    Robert Aubin spoke about Private Members' Business > National Public Transit Strategy Act

    Mr. Speaker, it seems to me it has been a long time since I said I was pleased to rise in this House to address Bill C-305. I see this legislation as a breath of fresh air after the debates that we have had over the past few weeks, and particularly before the marathon session that will begin in the next few hours, if not minutes. ... more

    June 13, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mylène Freeman
    Mylène Freeman spoke about Private Members' Business > National Public Transit Strategy Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to support the hon. member for Trinity—Spadina's bill to establish a national public transit strategy. ... more

    June 13, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > National Public Transit Strategy Act

    The House resumed from October 26, 2011, consideration of the motion that Bill C-305, An Act to establish a National Public Transit Strategy, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    June 13, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Chris Charlton
    Chris Charlton spoke about Private Members' Business > Corrections and Conditional Release Act

    Mr. Speaker, I understand from the member for Trinity—Spadina that there have been discussions and there is unanimous agreement for the following motion: that notwithstanding any Standing Order or usual practice of the House the hour for private members' business today be cancelled and the order for the resumption at second reading of Bill C-305, an act to establish a national public transit strategy, be dropped to the bottom of the order of precedence on the order paper.

    June 13, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Olivia Chow
    Olivia Chow spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Public Transit

    Mr. Speaker, I am presenting a petition on behalf of petitioners in my riding. ... more

    Nov. 16, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jamie Nicholls
    Jamie Nicholls spoke about Adjournment Proceedings > Infrastructure

    Madam Speaker, I would like to speak more about the Champlain Bridge and public transit on the bridge. ... more

    Nov. 14, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mylène Freeman
    Mylène Freeman spoke about Private Members' Business > National Public Transit Strategy Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak in the House today in support of Bill C-305 introduced by the hon. member for Trinity—Spadina to establish a national public transit strategy. Canadians living in rural communities have different transportation needs than those living in urban centres, and I am proud to see that Bill C-305 responds to the needs of Canadians and Quebeckers living in the regions. ... more

    Oct. 26, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke about Private Members' Business > National Public Transit Strategy Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would first like to compliment the member for Trinity—Spadina for her passionate introduction to this bill. I know that the member has put a great deal of effort into this subject and in bringing forward this bill. I have read the information that the member was kind enough to send to my office and I have some concerns. ... more

    Oct. 26, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Fin Donnelly
    Fin Donnelly spoke about Private Members' Business > National Public Transit Strategy Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak in support of Bill C-305, An Act to establish a National Public Transit Strategy. ... more

    Oct. 26, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Olivia Chow
    Olivia Chow spoke about Private Members' Business > National Public Transit Strategy Act

    moved that Bill C-305, An Act to establish a National Public Transit Strategy, be read the second time and referred to a committee. ... more

    Oct. 26, 2011,   Parliament
  • Mr. Paul Moist (National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees) spoke

    Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. ... more

    Oct. 17, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Olivia Chow
    Olivia Chow spoke about Routine Proceedings > National Public Transit Strategy Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-305, An Act to establish a National Public Transit Strategy. ... more

    Sept. 30, 2011,   Parliament