Bill C-306

An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (political affiliation)

This bill was tabled by Mathieu Ravignat on Oct. 1, 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

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of Nycole Turmel
    Nycole Turmel spoke about Private Members' Business > Clarity Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am happy to rise today to debate Bill C-457, An Act to repeal the Clarity Act. ... more

    Feb. 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • The Deputy Speaker spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliament of Canada Act

    It being 6:00 p.m., the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at second reading of Bill C-306 under private member's business. ... more

    Feb. 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliament of Canada Act

    The House resumed from February 1 consideration of the motion that Bill C-306, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (political affiliation), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Feb. 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 123
    That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.
    • Against 98%
      Conservative
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
    • Against 100%
      Bloc
    • Against 100%
      Liberal
    • Against 100%
      Green
    Feb. 8, 2012
  • Photo of Mathieu Ravignat
    Mathieu Ravignat spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliament of Canada Act

    Madam Speaker, I want to thank the hon. members for their enlightened speeches. I want to again congratulate the hon. member for Sackville—Eastern Shore for the work he has done for so many years on this bill. ... more

    Feb. 2, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rosane Doré Lefebvre
    Rosane Doré Lefebvre spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliament of Canada Act

    Madam Speaker, I will try to be brief. Thank you for the opportunity to speak to Bill C-306, introduced by my hon. colleague from Pontiac, which has to do with respecting voters' choices when it comes to political affiliation. I am delighted to debate this here in the House. I have been talking about this with my constituents for several weeks now. Many things have happened, at both the provincial and federal levels. Quebec has seen many political floor crossings in the past few weeks. ... more

    Feb. 2, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Guy Caron
    Guy Caron spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliament of Canada Act

    Madam Speaker, I am very pleased to speak to Bill C-306, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (political affiliation). Like my colleagues who spoke before me, I would like to congratulate the member for Pontiac for his initiative. I would also like to congratulate the member for Sackville—Eastern Shore for his excellent work; he has been working on this since 1999. In fact, since 1999, the NDP has asked that members who cross the floor during their term of office go before the voters to ratify their decision. We believe that this is fair and democratic, contrary to what members of the third party, for example, might say. ... more

    Feb. 2, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Don Davies
    Don Davies spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliament of Canada Act

    Madam Speaker, I take great pride in rising to speak in favour of Bill C-306, introduced by my colleague from Pontiac. ... more

    Feb. 1, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandrine Latendresse
    Alexandrine Latendresse spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliament of Canada Act

    Madam Speaker, it is with a touch of humility that I rise here today in support of Bill C-306, introduced by my hon. colleague from Pontiac. I mentioned humility because Bill C-306 led me to reflect on my role as a member of Parliament, and more importantly, on the principles that motivated me to run in the last two elections. It has always been clear to me, but to sum it up in a speech and then articulate it here in the House requires some reflection. ... more

    Feb. 1, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliament of Canada Act

    The House resumed from November 2, 2011, consideration of the motion that Bill C-306, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (political affiliation), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Feb. 1, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Christopherson
    David Christopherson spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliament of Canada Act

    Madam Speaker, I am pleased to stand in support of the Bill C-306 submitted by my colleague from Pontiac. I was here for some of the time that the member for Sackville—Eastern Shore gave some examples. I always find it interesting to listen to the comments from the member for Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington. Once again, I do not agree. We usually do not agree, but we do enjoy the give and take. As often as I can, I say I have a great deal of respect for the member, but I disagree with him again. ... more

    Nov. 2, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Michelle Rempel
    Michelle Rempel spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliament of Canada Act

    Madam Speaker, I am here to speak today to Bill C-306, introduced by the member for Pontiac, which addresses changes in the political affiliations of members of Parliament, or more commonly known as floor crossing. The bill would require the resignation of a member of Parliament and a subsequent byelection if the member crosses the floor to sit as a member of a different political party. ... more

    Nov. 2, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mathieu Ravignat
    Mathieu Ravignat spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliament of Canada Act

    moved that Bill C-306, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (political affiliation), be read the second time and referred to a committee. ... more

    Nov. 2, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    Are there comments or questions? Seeing none, Bill C-306 is considered votable. ... more

    Oct. 18, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    Seeing no further concerns on Bill C-290, that one is considered votable. ... more

    Oct. 18, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mathieu Ravignat
    Mathieu Ravignat spoke about Routine Proceedings > Parliament of Canada Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-306, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (political affiliation). ... more

    Sept. 30, 2011,   Parliament