Bill C-383

Transboundary Waters Protection Act

An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act

This bill was tabled by Larry Miller on Dec. 14, 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

Committee Report Presented

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  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Royal Assent

    I have the honour to inform the House that when the House did attend His Excellency the Governor General in the Senate chamber, His Excellency was pleased to give, in Her Majesty's name, the royal assent to certain bills: ... more

    June 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bruce Stanton
    Bruce Stanton spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    It now being 5:30 p.m., the House will proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at third reading stage of Bill C-383. ... more

    Feb. 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    The House resumed from February 8 consideration of the motion that Bill C-383, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act, be read the third time and passed.

    Feb. 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Larry Miller
    Larry Miller spoke about Oral Questions > Foreign Affairs

    Mr. Speaker, a little order here would be good. ... more

    Feb. 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Larry Miller
    Larry Miller spoke about Oral Questions > Foreign Affairs

    Bonjour, monsieur le Président. ... more

    Feb. 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 616
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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      Green
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      Liberal
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      Bloc
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      NDP
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      Conservative
    Feb. 13, 2013
  • Photo of Jamie Nicholls
    Jamie Nicholls spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to speak to the bill introduced by the hon. member for Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound. Our party intends to support this legislation, and I commend my colleague opposite for bringing it forward. However, I particularly want to thank all the activists in Canada who have been urging the government for several years to protect our most precious resource, namely our water. ... more

    Feb. 8, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gary Schellenberger
    Gary Schellenberger spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to join the debate on Bill C-383, the transboundary waters protection act. ... more

    Feb. 8, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Choquette
    François Choquette spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    Mr. Speaker, today I would like to speak to Bill C-383, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act. ... more

    Feb. 8, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Larry Miller
    Larry Miller spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    Mr. Speaker, the member and I both share a very strong love for the outdoors, including fishing. Invasive species are something our government has dealt with in a number of ways. With international shipping and so forth, species have come here in the past that have done long-term damage. We have tried to create some laws and enforcement to reduce that. There is always risk with some of these, but we have to do everything we can, not just as a government but as individuals, to continue that. ... more

    Feb. 8, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Choquette
    François Choquette spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    Mr. Speaker, I listened carefully to my hon. colleague's speech. Bill C-383 is definitely a first step, but it is not enough. ... more

    Feb. 8, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Larry Miller
    Larry Miller spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    moved that Bill C-383, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act, be read the third time and passed. ... more

    Feb. 8, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joe Comartin
    Joe Comartin spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion to concur in Bill C-383 at report stage under private members' business.

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    The House resumed from November 22 consideration of Bill C-383, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act, as reported (with amendments) from the committee.

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 516
    That Bill C-383, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act, as amended, be concurred in at report stage.
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      Green
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      Liberal
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      Bloc
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      NDP
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      Conservative
    Nov. 28, 2012
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Transboundary Waters Protection Act

    The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-383, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act, as reported (with amendments) from the committee.

    Nov. 22, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dean Allison
    Dean Allison spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Foreign Affairs and International Development

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the fifth report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development in relation to Bill C-383, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act. ... more

    Oct. 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dean Allison
    Dean Allison spoke

    Thank you very much. ... more

    Oct. 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bob Dechert
    Bob Dechert spoke

    May I propose a further amendment to Bill C-383?

    Oct. 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bob Dechert
    Bob Dechert spoke

    Mr. Chair, could I propose something? If the fact is that Bill C-383 doesn't include an amendment to section 7, can we not propose an amendment now? I think we all agree we want the bill to be consistent and the definitions to be consistent. Could we not propose an amendment now supported by the committee to include section 7 in Bill C-383 for the purposes of this amendment?

    Oct. 30, 2012,   Parliament
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    Dean Allison spoke
    None
    Oct. 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bob Dechert
    Bob Dechert spoke

    The first change, Mr. Chair, makes it clear that the prohibition is for the purposes of potential risk through environmental harm resulting from a loss of water. ... more

    Oct. 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dean Allison
    Dean Allison spoke

    Good morning, everyone. Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, October 3, 2012, the orders of the day are Bill C-383, An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act. We are going to look at clause-by-clause consideration. Also, pursuant to Standing Order 75.1, consideration of clause 1 is postponed. We are going to start with clause 2. ... more

    Oct. 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Government Orders > Jobs and Growth Act, 2012

    Mr. Speaker, the hon. member mentioned briefly that he thinks there is something missing in private member's Bill C-383. I am curious to know what he thinks is missing from that bill because I am looking forward to its passage to ban bulk water exports.

    Oct. 29, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Francis Scarpaleggia
    Francis Scarpaleggia spoke about Government Orders > Jobs and Growth Act, 2012

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure for me this morning to rise once again in the House to debate a 2012 budget implementation bill. This is the second round of debate on the 2012 budget. I would like to start by taking my colleagues back 20 years in time, to 1993 and 1994, when three events took place that I believe are relevant to the debate today in the House. ... more

    Oct. 29, 2012,   Parliament
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