Bill C-343

Cell Phone Freedom Act

An Act respecting the locking of cellular telephones

This bill was tabled by Bruce Hyer on Nov. 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

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of Bruce Hyer
    Bruce Hyer spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Telecommunications

    Mr. Speaker, I also have the pleasure of presenting a petition on behalf of residents from across Ontario in support of my cellphone freedom act, Bill C-343, which would take an important step in providing greater consumer choice in the marketplace. ... more

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bruce Hyer
    Bruce Hyer spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Telecommunications

    Mr. Speaker, the second petition is in regard to my cellphone freedom act, Bill C-343. People from across Ontario ask us to support the cellphone freedom act, which would remove anti-competitive network locks on their cellular phones.

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bruce Hyer
    Bruce Hyer spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Telecommunications

    Mr. Speaker, my second petition is on the cell phone freedom act. I am pleased to present a petition on behalf of residents of Montreal, Calgary, Kamloops, Edmonton and Ottawa in support of the cell phone freedom act to provide more customer choice and promote competition in the domestic wireless market. ... more

    Nov. 2, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bruce Hyer
    Bruce Hyer spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Telecommunications Industry

    Madam Speaker, today I have the pleasure of presenting a petition on behalf of residents from coast to coast from Halifax, Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and Coquitlam, all in support of my cellphone freedom act and for taking an important step to providing more consumer choice and to promoting competition in the domestic wireless market. ... more

    Feb. 17, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bruce Hyer
    Bruce Hyer spoke about Routine Proceedings > Cell Phone Freedom Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-343, An Act respecting the locking of cellular telephones. ... more

    Nov. 3, 2011,   Parliament