Bill C-398

An Act to amend the Patent Act (drugs for international humanitarian purposes)

This bill was tabled by Hélène Laverdière on Feb. 16, 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

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of Chris Alexander
    Chris Alexander spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Generic Medicines

    Mr. Speaker, I am happy to present a petition on behalf of 38 Canadians from British Columbia calling upon the government to pass Bill C-398, without significant amendment, to facilitate the immediate flow of live-saving generic medicines to developing countries.

    April 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Lake
    Mike Lake spoke about Adjournment Proceedings > International Cooperation

    Mr. Speaker, the experts that I am talking about are the independent public servants who have testified time and again and have said that the bill does do the things that the hon. member says it does not do. ... more

    April 16, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Lake
    Mike Lake spoke about Adjournment Proceedings > International Cooperation

    Mr. Speaker, had the hon. member been at the committee process when it studied a bill almost identical to this one, the independent public servants who testified before that committee refuted just about everything that the hon. member just said. ... more

    April 16, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hélène Laverdière
    Hélène Laverdière spoke about Adjournment Proceedings > International Cooperation

    Mr. Speaker, I am here today to speak about Bill C-398, which would have reformed Canada's access to medicines regime in order to provide lower-cost medicines to thousands of people around the world with life-threatening illnesses and diseases such as HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. ... more

    April 16, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hélène Laverdière
    Hélène Laverdière spoke about Oral Questions > International Cooperation

    Mr. Speaker, my Bill C-398 would have been a simple way to reform Canada's access to medicines regime and, yes, it could have saved lives. ... more

    Dec. 7, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hélène Laverdière
    Hélène Laverdière spoke about Oral Questions > International Co-operation

    Mr. Speaker, Bill C-398 proposed simple changes to Canadian legislation, which could have saved thousands of lives at no cost to taxpayers. A number of Conservative members caved in to pressure from the Prime Minister's Office and refused to send the bill to be examined in committee, even though a similar bill was passed by the House in the last Parliament. ... more

    Dec. 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Djaouida Sellah
    Djaouida Sellah spoke about Statements By Members > HIV-AIDS

    Mr. Speaker, December 1 was World AIDS Day. Even with prevention campaigns, more than 3,300 new cases are reported every year in Canada. In Quebec, an estimated 20,000 people are HIV positive, and 25% do not even know it. This is alarming and worrisome. ... more

    Dec. 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Access to Medicines

    Mr. Speaker, the Grandmothers Advocacy Network did a wonderful job in trying to ensure a sustainable flow of life-saving generic medicines to developing countries when it circulated petitions in regard to Bill C-398 even though it did not pass. ... more

    Nov. 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Carolyn Bennett
    Carolyn Bennett spoke about Statements By Members > HIV-AIDS

    Mr. Speaker, tomorrow, on World AIDS Day, we reflect on the millions of people in Canada and around the world living with HIV-AIDS and those who have lost their lives in the three decades since this deadly disease was first diagnosed. ... more

    Nov. 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, I know you look forward to this with some expectations. ... more

    Nov. 29, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Frank Valeriote
    Frank Valeriote spoke about Statements By Members > HIV-AIDS

    Mr. Speaker, Saturday, December 1 is World AIDS Day, an annual commemoration of the more than 25 million people who have died since 1981, and a day to support the 33 million who still live with HIV today. ... more

    Nov. 29, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joe Comartin
    Joe Comartin spoke about Private Members' Business > Patent Act

    It being 5:30 p.m., the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at second reading stage of Bill C-398 under private members' business. ... more

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Patent Act

    The House resumed from November 21 consideration of the motion that Bill C-398, An Act to amend the Patent Act (drugs for international humanitarian purposes), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Don Davies
    Don Davies spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Access to Medicines

    Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from the Grandmothers Advocacy Network signed by hundreds of people in British Columbia who point out that millions of people die needlessly each year from treatable diseases, such as HIV-AIDS, TB and malaria, and that half the people who require treatment for these diseases in sub-Saharan Africa do not receive it. ... more

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Irene Mathyssen
    Irene Mathyssen spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Access to Medicines

    Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions. The first is from the Grandmothers Advocacy Network and it has been signed by hundreds and hundreds of residents from mostly Alberta. They are asking the government to pass Bill C-398 without significant amendment to facilitate the immediate and sustainable flow of life-saving generic medicines to developing countries.

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Access to Medicines

    Mr. Speaker, we all love our grandmothers. There is a great organization, the Grandmothers Advocacy Network, that is asking us to pass Bill C-398 without any significant change in order to facilitate the immediate and sustainable flow of life-saving generic medicine to developing countries. ... more

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mauril Bélanger
    Mauril Bélanger spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Access to Medicines

    Mr. Speaker, I, too, join with my colleagues to table a petition from the Grandmothers Advocacy Network signed by Canadians in Quebec and Ontario calling on this House to pass Bill C-398 later today.

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Libby Davies
    Libby Davies spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Access to Medicines

    Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to join with so many other members today in presenting about 100 pages or more of petitions also on Bill C-398, known as the medicine for all bill. I thank the Grandmothers Advocacy Network and individuals, like Mary Steeves, who have spent so much time collecting these signatures. ... more

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ted Hsu
    Ted Hsu spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Access to Medicines

    Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions from my constituents today. ... more

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joyce Murray
    Joyce Murray spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Access to Medicines

    Mr. Speaker, I have five petitions from members of the metro Vancouver community who are calling upon the government to pass, without amendment, Bill C-398 to enable the immediate and sustainable flow of life-saving generic medicines to developing countries.

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pat Martin
    Pat Martin spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Access to Medicines

    Mr. Speaker, I am proud to present a petition signed by literally thousands of Canadians in support of Bill C-398. The petition was put forward by the Grandmothers Advocacy Network and it calls upon Parliament to pass, without amendment, Bill C-398 later today.

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joyce Bateman
    Joyce Bateman spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Access to Medicines

    Mr. Speaker, I also have the pleasure to present a petition to the House of Commons on Bill C-398 from the Canadian Federation of University Women.

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Terence Young
    Terence Young spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Access to Medicines

    Mr. Speaker, I present petitions signed by concerned constituents from my riding of Oakville. They ask this House to pass Bill C-398 without significant amendment to facilitate the immediate and sustainable flow of life-saving generic medicines to developing countries. I am happy to present this petition for a response from our government.

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Libby Davies
    Libby Davies spoke about Statements By Members > HIV-AIDS

    Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the NDP, we thank the many organizations and individuals whose tireless efforts in Canada and abroad support those living with HIV-AIDS and work to prevent future infections. ... more

    Nov. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 515
    That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.
    • In favour 100%
      Green
    • In favour 100%
      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Bloc
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
    • Against 96%
      Conservative
    Nov. 28, 2012
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