Bill C-316

An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration)

This bill was tabled by Dick Harris on Oct. 4, 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 Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Routine Proceedings > Points of Order > Standing Committee on Finance

    Mr. Speaker, I am grateful to the hon. House Leader of the Official Oppositionfor raising this point of order yesterday, objecting to the unusual procedures that were accepted within the Standing Committee on Finance, in relation to the clause-by-clause treatment of Bill C-60, the 2013 omnibus budget bill. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
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    Dick Harris spoke about Statements by Members > Employment Insurance

    Mr. Speaker, I am happy to announce that at last night's vote, my private member's Bill C-316 passed its third reading and is on its way to the Senate. ... more

    May 17, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 223
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    May 16, 2012
  • Vote 222
    That Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration), as amended, be concurred in at report stage.
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    May 16, 2012
  • Vote 221
    That Bill C-316 be amended by deleting Clause 1.
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    May 16, 2012
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    Anne-Marie Day spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to rise today to say, on behalf of the NDP, that we completely refuse to support Bill C-316. ... more

    May 9, 2012,   Parliament
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    Dick Harris spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise as the sponsor of this private member's bill, C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration). ... more

    May 9, 2012,   Parliament
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    Hedy Fry spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Mr. Speaker, I adamantly oppose this bill, Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration). ... more

    May 9, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kennedy Stewart
    Kennedy Stewart spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Mr. Speaker, having followed the right track and gone through this training program myself, I saw how those who had taken the wrong track were exposed to new opportunities through these training programs. I am really worried that the changes in the bill to the Employment Insurance Act which would limit people from these programs would be problematic. ... more

    May 9, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    The House resumed from March 15 consideration of Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration), as reported (with amendments) from the committee, and of the motions in Group No. 1.

    May 9, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sean Casey
    Sean Casey spoke about Private Members' Business > Corrections and Conditional Release Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am a lawyer by training and have practised law for most of my adult life. I served as managing partner in a successful law firm back home in Prince Edward Island. I have some experience as a prosecutor with respect to narcotics offences and election offences. That is something that will probably come in handy before too long in this country. Therefore, I understand the harm that crime can have on individuals. I know it hurts families. I know it hurts communities. I value a tough justice system, but not a vindictive one. I value proportionality and balance. I value the courts and their judgment. I value the Charter of Rights. ... more

    March 16, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kennedy Stewart
    Kennedy Stewart spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to speak to Bill C-316. I have really enjoyed the robust debate we have had in the House. We have good speakers in favour and against the bill, and this is what Canadians of the House, to have motions put forward, to have good debate and, in the end, for members to vote the way they feel is right. ... more

    March 15, 2012,   Parliament
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    Jack Harris spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Mr. Speaker, I do not know if the member was listening carefully but I said that it was an act that would amend the Employment Insurance Act. ... more

    March 15, 2012,   Parliament
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    Dick Harris spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Mr. Speaker, on a point of order. In the opening of his presentation, the member opposite characterized Bill C-316 as an act to further penalize those who have been incarcerated. I do not think he has read the bill, otherwise he would see that is not what the purpose--

    March 15, 2012,   Parliament
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    Jack Harris spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have an opportunity to speak, but I am not very pleased to speak to this bill because it is Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act, which would seek to further penalize individuals who find themselves in jail as a result of the commission of an offence, or perhaps they are awaiting trial and may even be acquitted of the offence. ... more

    March 15, 2012,   Parliament
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    Claude Patry spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    Mr. Speaker, this is the second time I have spoken to Bill C-316. Before I begin my speech I would like to say that the NDP is often accused of protecting prisoners, but we agree that someone who commits an offence should be incarcerated and pay his debt to society. That is a principle of justice. That is the world we live in. ... more

    March 15, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    The House resumed consideration of Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration), as reported (with amendment) from the committee, and of Motions Nos. 1 to 5.

    March 15, 2012,   Parliament
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    Ed Komarnicki spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act > Motions in Amendment

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to these amendments, but I am not pleased to support them. Neither would the member for Cariboo—Prince George, for sure. By amending each of the five clauses in the bill, by deleting them, it takes all the provisions out of there and only the title and the enactment provisions will be left, and I suppose that would go as well. ... more

    March 15, 2012,   Parliament
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    Elizabeth May spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act > Motions in Amendment
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    March 15, 2012,   Parliament
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    Bruce Stanton spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act > Speaker’s Ruling

    There are five motions in amendment standing on the notice paper for the report stage of Bill C-316. ... more

    March 15, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Employment Insurance Act

    The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration), as reported (with amendments) from the committee.

    March 15, 2012,   Parliament
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    Ed Komarnicki spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the second report of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities in relation to Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration). The committee has studied the bill and has decided to report the bill back to the House with amendments.

    Feb. 13, 2012,   Parliament
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    I move that Bill C-316 be amended by adding after line 9 on page 1 the following: ... more

    Feb. 8, 2012,   Parliament
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    Sure. I move that Bill C-316 be amended by adding after line 9 on page 1 the following: ... more

    Feb. 8, 2012,   Parliament
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    I move that Bill C-316 in clause 3 be amended by replacing line 9 on page 1 with the following: ... more

    Feb. 8, 2012,   Parliament
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