Bill C-39

Restoring Rail Service Act

An Act to provide for the continuation and resumption of rail service operations

This bill was tabled by Lisa Raitt on May 29, 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

Royal Assent

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  • Photo of Claude Patry
    Claude Patry spoke about Oral Questions > Points of Order > Use of an Unparliamentary Expression

    Mr. Speaker, yesterday evening in the House, during my speech on Bill C-39, I used an English word that anglophones define a certain way. I will not repeat it in the House. As a francophone, to me that word means “to be taken for a ride” or “to be had”. ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Garry Breitkreuz
    Garry Breitkreuz spoke about Oral Questions > Rail Transportation

    Mr. Speaker, last night the House of Commons moved to end the strike at CP Rail by passing Bill C-39. Labour stability in the rail sector is critical to the functioning of a Canadian economy, our continued economic recovery and the confidence of Canadians businesses and the Canadian public. ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • The Deputy Speaker spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Rail Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, the committee of the whole has considered Bill C-39 and has directed me to report the same, without amendment.

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Gord Brown
    Gord Brown spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Rail Service Act

    Madam Chair, I rise this morning, which is after midnight here in Ottawa, to support Bill C-39, An Act to provide for the continuation and resumption of rail service operations. ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Lisa Raitt
    Lisa Raitt spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Rail Service Act

    Madam Chair, in an ideal world parties in a dispute would settle their differences quickly and amicably. They would work hard to understand the other's point of view. Moreover, they would appreciate that their disagreement could have far-reaching consequences for people not directly involved. Armed with this knowledge and insight, they would compromise for the mutual benefit of all concerned. ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • The Chair spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Rail Service Act

    I would like to open this session of the committee of the whole on Bill C-39 by making a short statement regarding the proceedings. ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jacques Gourde
    Jacques Gourde spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Rail Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, a responsible government must show leadership and act in the best interest of the majority. This means that it must occasionally make difficult decisions and take necessary measures to resolve specific situations. That is what we are doing tonight. ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kellie Leitch
    Kellie Leitch spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Rail Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, Statistics Canada figures confirm that in April of this year employment increased by 58,000, mostly in full-time work. This was the second consecutive month of notable gains on the jobs front for Canadians. Moreover, confidence among Canada's business leaders, a leading indicator for future economic growth in job creation, edged up in the first quarter of 2012. According to The Conference Board of Canada, business leaders showed increasing optimism over the future performance of their firms and the Canadian economy. ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kellie Leitch
    Kellie Leitch spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Rail Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with my colleague, the member for Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière. ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Rousseau
    Jean Rousseau spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Rail Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate my colleague from Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie on his extraordinary speech. He has always stood up for the rights of workers, and we will support him. We are proud to see that he is carrying the torch in the fight against Bill C-39 today. ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Lisa Raitt
    Lisa Raitt spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Rail Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, Canadians may not even realize just how great the railways impact on the economy. I want members to consider these facts. Canada has the third largest rail network in the world and it handles the fourth largest volume of goods in the world. Two-thirds of Canada's rail traffic moves transborder and overseas trade. In fact, 40% of Canada's exports rely on rail transportation. With no trains running, the implications of this strike are widespread. ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Lisa Raitt
    Lisa Raitt spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Rail Service Act

    moved that Bill C-39, An Act to provide for the continuation and resumption of rail service operations, be read the second time and referred to a committee of the whole. ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Brent Rathgeber
    Brent Rathgeber spoke about Government Orders > Act to Provide for the Continuation and Resumption of Rail Service Operations

    Mr. Speaker, it is an honour for me to rise and contribute to the debate on Bill C-39, the restoring rail service act. ... more

    May 29, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joy Smith
    Joy Smith spoke about Government Orders > Act to Provide for the Continuation and Resumption of Rail Service Operations

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to speak about the current work stoppage at Canadian Pacific Railway involving its engineers, conductors, real traffic controllers and others. I am very pleased to do this because I feel very passionately about the fragile economy happening in Canada and the first responsibility of the government to see that people have jobs, get back to work and cause the economy to continue to grow and flourish. ... more

    May 29, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 233
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    May 29, 2012
  • Vote 232
    That Bill C-39, An Act to provide for the continuation and resumption of rail service operations, be concurred in at report stage.
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    May 29, 2012
  • Vote 231
    That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Committee of the Whole.
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    May 29, 2012
  • Photo of Lisa Raitt
    Lisa Raitt spoke about Routine Proceedings > Restoring Rail Service Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-39, An Act to provide for the continuation and resumption of rail service operations. ... more

    May 28, 2012,   Parliament