Bill C-32

Civil Marriage of Non-residents Act

An Act to amend the Civil Marriage Act

This bill was tabled by Rob Nicholson on Feb. 18, 2012.

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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 Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Routine Proceedings > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, my only addition to this is a series of thanks. I join my friend across the way, the government House leader, in thanking the staff for the incredible work they do to support our work here as members of Parliament. This has been an extremely long last session, with long hours, and to my friends across the way and to our side, sometimes hours filled with somewhat acrimonious debate. ... more

    June 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > Extension of Sitting Hours

    Mr. Speaker, on the question of Bill C-32, as I said, we are willing to go even further. We have said in the House in public many times that we are prepared to pass that bill if it is supported by the opposition at all three stages by unanimous consent. It could happen by unanimous consent in the House. Apparently, that is not good enough for the opposition members. As a result, that bill has not yet been passed because they simply have not accepted that offer. ... more

    May 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Government Orders > Extension of Sitting Hours

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my friend in particular for the final offer he made. I hesitate to negotiate in public what we often try to spend our time at House leaders' meetings doing, as brief as that time sometimes is. ... more

    May 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rob Nicholson
    Rob Nicholson spoke about Oral Questions > Human Rights

    Mr. Speaker, I am going to give the NDP another opportunity. ... more

    March 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, I rise here today to ask the hon. Leader of the Government in the House of Commons what his government plans to debate for the rest of the week and when we return after the constituency week. ... more

    Feb. 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, let me wish you and all hon. members a happy new year. ... more

    Jan. 31, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, it is an honour for me to rise on behalf of the official opposition to ask the government about its plans for the House for the rest of this week and next week. ... more

    Jan. 31, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Routine Proceedings > Canada Labour Code

    Mr. Speaker, I listened with interest to the proposal of the New Democratic Party House leader for his first time allocation motion. I welcome him to the club, having proposed the allocation of time for debate on an item in the House. ... more

    Nov. 7, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Routine Proceedings > Canada Labour Code

    Mr. Speaker, I will be seeking unanimous consent in a moment for a motion that we believe would accomplish a reasonable compromise on a bill that has been sitting, without being called by the government, since February 17 of this year, more than nine months. It is Bill C-32, an act to amend the Civil Marriage Act. The government has chosen not to call the legislation for all this time. We need to balance the expediency of having this legislation finally passed through the House, not only for a royal recommendation but also to ensure that the bill has appropriate time to be studied. ... more

    Nov. 7, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, last week on the Thursday question we asked the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons to respond to a sincere offer by the opposition to make Parliament work for Canadians by listing a number of bills on which the opposition was willing to work with the government. In response to that question, the government House leader spent a great deal of his time fabricating New Democratic Party policy rather than doing the job of House leaders, which is to formulate a strategy to make this place function for Canadians. ... more

    Sept. 27, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, first, let me formally welcome back all hon. members to the House of Commons from their productive summers in their ridings, which I trust they had, working with and listening to constituents. ... more

    Sept. 20, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, I welcome my hon. colleague across the way back to this session. It is as boisterous as when we left it. ... more

    Sept. 20, 2012,   Parliament
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    Marie-Claude Morin spoke about Government Orders > Copyright Modernization Act > Report Stage

    Madam Speaker, as I said in my previous speech—and it bears repeating—shutting down debate is becoming a tradition. This is the 21st time this year. I do not know what more to say, but I thought it was worth pointing out. ... more

    May 15, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of John Baird
    John Baird spoke about Routine Proceedings > Civil Marriage of Non-residents Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-32, An Act to amend the Civil Marriage Act. ... more

    Feb. 17, 2012,   Parliament