Bill C-311

An Act to amend the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (interprovincial importation of wine for personal use)

This bill was tabled by Dan Albas on Oct. 4, 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

Royal Assent

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  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rathika Sitsabaiesan
    Rathika Sitsabaiesan spoke about Government Orders > Main Estimates 2013-14 > Concurrence in Vote 1—The Senate

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise this evening to participate in the debate on this important concurrence motion. ... more

    June 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Terry David Mulligan spoke

    It's fantastic. I'm heading to Edmonton on Friday and the first place I'll go is to my local wine store because, first of all, I see brands there that I would never see anywhere else. It's astonishing how robust the wine shops are in Alberta. I applaud them wholeheartedly. It's the way B.C. should be. I think we'll all get there at some point—maybe not Ontario. But the fact remains that it's a great example of what you can do with an industry. That's why I cannot believe the Alberta government is saying no, that they won't honour Bill C-311. It's stupefying. We still haven't come up with an answer as to why they have done that. ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Terry David Mulligan (As an Individual) spoke

    Thank you so much for including me in this discussion. ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Shirley-Ann George spoke

    Unfortunately, Bill C-311 contains the following phrase: “in quantities and as permitted by the laws of the latter province”. So it affects the receiving provinces. Unfortunately, we were not able to convince Parliament to take that out and insist that the province allow reasonable quantities. ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Shirley-Ann George (President, Alliance of Canadian Wine Consumers) spoke

    Thank you. ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Dan Paszkowski spoke

    Absolutely. We've been pushing for this since 2007, so the private member's bill by Dan Albas and the support from Ron Cannan and a number of MPs from every side of the House made a historic change in amending that piece of legislation. ... more

    April 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Dan Paszkowski (President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Vintners Association) spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    April 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Patrick Gedge spoke

    Interestingly enough, much of the regulation in our industry comes at the provincial level. The federal government has actually addressed a number of issues over the past number of years that have helped us, including Bill C-311 recently, which was quite special. ... more

    March 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Pablo Garrido spoke

    I'm from Toronto. ... more

    Oct. 16, 2012,   Parliament
  • Mr. Pablo Garrido (Owner, Savia Wine Agency) spoke

    Good afternoon, honourable members of Parliament, committee staff, and fellow participants. Let me say how much I appreciate the opportunity to address you this afternoon. The topic of a potential agreement between Canada and Japan touches areas very close to my heart. ... more

    Oct. 16, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Royal Assent > Message from the Senate

    I have the honour to inform the House that when the House did attend His Excellency the Governor General in the Senate chamber, His Excellency was pleased to give, in Her Majesty's name, the royal assent to the following bills: ... more

    June 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act

    The House resumed from May 31 consideration of the motion that Bill C-311, An Act to amend the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (interprovincial importation of wine for personal use), be read the third time and passed.

    June 7, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 270
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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      Conservative
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
    • In favour 100%
      Bloc
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      Green
    June 6, 2012
  • Photo of Ron Cannan
    Ron Cannan spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Wine Industry

    Madam Speaker, it is a privilege and honour to rise this morning to table a petition on behalf of numerous constituents of Kelowna—Lake Country. These wise folks realize it is time to free our grapes and to allow the archaic 1928 Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act to be amended. They are in support of Bill C-311 by my hard-working colleague from Okanagan—Coquihalla. ... more

    June 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke about Oral Questions > Wine Industry

    Mr. Speaker, Canadian wine producers are eagerly awaiting the passage of Bill C-311, my legislation that would allow Canadians to bring a bottle of wine across provincial borders. It is absolutely vital that we get this popular bill passed before the summer so Canadian wine producers can market and grow their businesses. ... more

    June 1, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Oral Questions > Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act

    Mr. Speaker, if you seek it, I believe you would find unanimous consent for the following very worthwhile and sobering motion. I move: ... more

    May 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Oral Questions > Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act

    (Bill C-311. On the Order: Private Members' Business) ... more

    May 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, this afternoon, we will continue with the NDP's opposition day motion. ... more

    May 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dean Allison
    Dean Allison spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Wine Industry

    Madam Speaker, I rise today to bring attention to the House a petition that I received from my constituents in my riding of Niagara West—Glanbrook. The petitioners call upon the House of Commons and Parliament to vote in favour of Bill C-311, an act to amend the importation of intoxicating liquors act (interprovincial importation of wine for personal use). ... more

    May 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gail Shea
    Gail Shea spoke about Oral Questions > The Economy

    Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member for Okanagan—Coquihalla for his work on the bill, and also our colleague from Kelowna—Lake Country for his tireless effort on this issue. ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke about Oral Questions > The Economy

    Mr. Speaker, last evening in the House of Commons, NDP MPs, many of them from British Columbia, deliberately ran out the clock on debate rather than support the effort to send Bill C-311 to the other place. ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Claude Gravelle
    Claude Gravelle spoke about Private Members' Business > Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to rise here today in the House to speak to this bill. I congratulate the member for Okanagan—Coquihalla for introducing this bill. ... more

    May 29, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kennedy Stewart
    Kennedy Stewart spoke about Private Members' Business > Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am also happy to rise today in support of Bill C-311, an Act to amend the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act. ... more

    May 29, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Fin Donnelly
    Fin Donnelly spoke about Private Members' Business > Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will provide some summary remarks. I support this bill and appreciate the hard work of members in preparing and bringing forward this bill. ... more

    May 29, 2012,   Parliament
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