Bill C-381

Strengthening Fiscal Transparency Act

An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Budget Officer)

This bill was tabled by Peggy Nash on Dec. 9, 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

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of Peggy Nash
    Peggy Nash spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Government Operations and Estimates

    Mr. Speaker, as I begin my speech this evening, I have to say that I have never seen a situation in the House where the government essentially sends in one player to rag the puck on a debate that is of such fundamental importance to Canadians, which is the tax dollars that are sent to Ottawa and how that money gets spent. Fundamentally, it is about the democratic process and democratic accountability. It is clear from the speech and the response to questions we have just heard by the government member that the Conservatives do not want to talk about accountability. It is especially shocking given that we are here tonight debating a report that was recommended by all parties at the committee stage. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peggy Nash
    Peggy Nash spoke about Routine Proceedings > Strengthening Fiscal Transparency Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-381, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Budget Officer). ... more

    Dec. 8, 2011,   Parliament