Bill C-380

Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act

An Act to amend the Fish Inspection Act and the Fisheries Act (importation of shark fins)

This bill was tabled by Fin Donnelly on Dec. 9, 2011.

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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 José Nunez-Melo
    José Nunez-Melo spoke about Statements By Members > The Conservative Government

    Mr. Speaker, March 28 was a dark day for the House of Commons. On that day, three important bills were arbitrarily rejected by the Conservative caucus. ... more

    April 15, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act

    The House resumed from March 25 consideration of the motion that Bill C-380, An Act to amend the Fish Inspection Act and the Fisheries Act (importation of shark fins), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    March 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Shark Finning

    Mr. Speaker, the second petition is pertinent to a vote we will have this evening on Bill C-380 to ban the importation of shark fins. Upon discussing the matter with the hon. member for Oakville, he pointed out that there are now approximately 100 million sharks a year that are killed for this practice of finning. ... more

    March 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Murray Rankin (Victoria, NDP) spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Shark Finning

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present petitions in support of Bill C-380, a bill which would stop the import of shark fins into Canada once and for all. This was introduced by my colleague, the NDP deputy Fisheries and Oceans critic. ... more

    March 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 652
    That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans.
    • In favour 100%
      Green
    • In favour 100%
      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Bloc
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
    • Against 98%
      Conservative
    March 27, 2013
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Shark Finning

    Mr. Speaker, I have four petitions. I will present them efficiently. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Fin Donnelly
    Fin Donnelly spoke about Private Members' Business > BAN ON SHARK FIN IMPORTATION ACT

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleagues for participating in this second hour of debate on my private member's bill, Bill C-380, which seeks to ban the importation of shark fins to Canada and enshrine in legislation Canada's current prohibition on shark finning. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ruth Ellen Brosseau
    Ruth Ellen Brosseau spoke about Private Members' Business > BAN ON SHARK FIN IMPORTATION ACT

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to support Bill C-380, introduced by my colleague from New Westminster—Coquitlam. This bill would amend the Fish Inspection Act to prohibit the importation of shark fins that are not attached to the rest of the shark. It would also amend the Fisheries Act to prohibit the practice of shark finning. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault
    Pierre-Luc Dusseault spoke about Private Members' Business > BAN ON SHARK FIN IMPORTATION ACT

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill C-380, introduced by the hon. member for New Westminster—Coquitlam. I thank the member for his work on this issue. I know he has been working extremely hard to move forward on this and that he has conducted extensive consultations. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of LaVar Payne
    LaVar Payne spoke about Private Members' Business > BAN ON SHARK FIN IMPORTATION ACT

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak on the important issue of shark finning. As others have said, I am confident that the consensus among all parliamentarians is that shark finning is a barbaric practice. We all agree on this. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Private Members' Business > BAN ON SHARK FIN IMPORTATION ACT

    Mr. Speaker, it is indeed a pleasure for me today to offer support for Bill C-380, an act to amend the Fish Inspection Act and the Fisheries Act, which would prohibit the importation of shark fins not attached to the rest of the shark and enshrine in legislation Canada's prohibition on finning. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Sopuck
    Robert Sopuck spoke about Private Members' Business > BAN ON SHARK FIN IMPORTATION ACT

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to speak to this bill. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > BAN ON SHARK FIN IMPORTATION ACT

    The House resumed from February 11 consideration of the motion that Bill C-380, An Act to amend the Fish Inspection Act and the Fisheries Act (importation of shark fins), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Murray Rankin (Victoria, NDP) spoke about Statements By Members > Shark Finning

    Mr. Speaker, an estimated 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins, often by a brutal practice called shark finning. Fins are removed and the bodies dumped into the ocean, causing a rapid decline in shark populations and serious impacts on our marine ecosystems. ... more

    Feb. 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Chisholm
    Robert Chisholm spoke about Private Members' Business > Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to participate, for a short period of time, in this important debate. ... more

    Feb. 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Randy Kamp
    Randy Kamp spoke about Private Members' Business > Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act

    Mr. Speaker, again, I want to thank the hon. member for New Westminster—Coquitlam for bringing this important issue to the attention of this House. ... more

    Feb. 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Lawrence MacAulay
    Lawrence MacAulay spoke about Private Members' Business > Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill C-380, an act to amend the fish inspection act and the fisheries act (importation of shark fins) sponsored by my hon. colleague, the member for New Westminster—Coquitlam. ... more

    Feb. 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Lemieux
    Pierre Lemieux spoke about Private Members' Business > Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be speaking in response to Bill C-380. It goes without saying that this is a difficult issue. ... more

    Feb. 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Fin Donnelly
    Fin Donnelly spoke about Private Members' Business > Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act

    moved that Bill C-380, an act to amend the Fish Inspection Act and the Fisheries Act (importation of shark fins), be read the second time and referred to a committee. ... more

    Feb. 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Michel Bédard spoke

    Bill C-380 would amend the Fish Inspection Act to prohibit the importation of shark fins and the Fisheries Act to prohibit the practice of shark finning. ... more

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Fin Donnelly
    Fin Donnelly spoke about Routine Proceedings > Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-380, An Act to amend the Fish Inspection Act and the Fisheries Act (importation of shark fins). ... more

    Dec. 8, 2011,   Parliament