Bill C-419

Language Skills Act

An Act respecting language skills

This bill was tabled by Alexandrine Latendresse on May 2, 2012.

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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 Royal Galipeau
    Royal Galipeau spoke about Government Orders > Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to address the House this morning to present the reasons I support Canada's economic action plan 2013, Bill C-60. This plan, introduced by the best finance minister in the world, is thoughtful and reasonable, and most of all, it will help Canada with its economic recovery. ... more

    June 7, 2013,   Parliament
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    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Pursuant to an order made on Wednesday, May 22 the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at third reading stage of Bill C-419. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    The House resumed from May 29 consideration of the motion that Bill C-419, An Act respecting language skills, be read the third time and passed.

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
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    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    June 5, 2013
  • Photo of Alexandrine Latendresse
    Alexandrine Latendresse spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Mr. Speaker, today I would like to thank all of my colleagues for their kind words. ... more

    May 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Manon Perreault
    Manon Perreault spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Mr. Speaker, first of all I would like to congratulate my colleague from Louis-Saint-Laurent on her bill concerning bilingualism as a hiring requirement for officers of Parliament. This gap is totally unacceptable and has lasted for far too long. Needless to say, the subject of this bill, namely Canada's linguistic duality, is a key issue. ... more

    May 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Annick Papillon
    Annick Papillon spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to speak to Bill C-419 today. I want to congratulate my colleague from Louis-Saint-Laurent, whose riding is next to mine, on her wonderful, excellent work. ... more

    May 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Harris
    Dan Harris spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier for her work at the Standing Committee on Official Languages and for her impassioned speech here today. ... more

    May 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Élaine Michaud
    Élaine Michaud spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to have the opportunity today to speak to Bill C-419, An Act respecting language skills. I want to extend my sincere thanks to the member for Louis-Saint-Laurent for having introduced such a worthwhile bill. We often run into each other because our ridings are side by side. I can attest to the outstanding work she does each and every day. The bill she introduced is yet another example of her good work. ... more

    May 29, 2013,   Parliament
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    Stéphane Dion spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Mr. Speaker, now that everybody is listening carefully, I am saying that we are discussing a bill that we should normally not have to discuss, something that has been taken for granted and that Canadians thought was done already. ... more

    May 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    The House resumed from May 1 consideration of the motion that Bill C-419, An Act respecting language skills, be read the third time and passed.

    May 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Royal Galipeau
    Royal Galipeau spoke about Government Orders > Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to address the House this afternoon about the merits of economic action plan 2013. ... more

    May 2, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Anne Minh-Thu Quach
    Anne Minh-Thu Quach spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to commend the remarkable work done by my colleague from Louis-Saint-Laurent in getting this bill through by bringing together all members from all parties of the House. This member often works in a non-partisan way. She is very open, very patient and she does excellent groundwork. She brings people together. She takes the time to explain things to people, but she also takes the time to listen to every concern. She is extremely present. She has shed some light on bilingualism, on the quality and the importance of bilingualism within our institution. She proves her own bilingualism every day. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Christine Moore
    Christine Moore spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill C-419, An Act respecting language skills, which was introduced by my colleague from Louis-Saint-Laurent. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Tyrone Benskin
    Tyrone Benskin spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate my colleague from Louis-Saint-Laurent for the vision she conveyed through Bill C-419. She identified a flaw in our laws with respect to the importance of Canada's linguistic duality, and she came up with a bill to address the issue. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
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    Marc Garneau spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak about this bill. It seems that everyone supports it, even though the government unfortunately made some amendments to it. It is quite obvious that officers of Parliament must be bilingual. In an ideal world, we would not need a law for this. However, it seems that the Conservatives need such a law because they recently appointed a unilingual Auditor General. We therefore need a law to remind the government of its responsibilities. That law will be Bill C-419. I would like to congratulate the hon. member for Louis-Saint-Laurent for sponsoring it. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
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    Jacques Gourde spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to provide the government's response to Bill C-419 on language skills. We signalled our intention to support the intent and the core objective of this bill. However, when this bill was studied in committee, some technical issues needed to be addressed to strengthen it as the legislative foundation for linguistic duality among the 10 positions listed in the bill. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
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    Jacques Gourde spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for her work and ask her whether she believes that Bill C-419 restricts the constitutional rights of officers of Parliament. Whether she does or does not, can she explain why?

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
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    Alexandrine Latendresse spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    moved that the bill be read the third time and passed. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Language Skills Act

    The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-419, An Act respecting language skills, as reported (with amendments) from the committee.

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
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    Michael Chong spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Official Languages

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the fifth report of the Standing Committee on Official Languages. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Tyrone Benskin

    In the last meeting, I think it was Mr. Chisu who had asked why we need a preamble. There are preambles in other parts of the language act, so why do we need one here? ... more

    April 18, 2013,   Parliament
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    Welcome to the 75th meeting of the Standing Committee on Official Languages on this Thursday, April 18, 2013. ... more

    April 18, 2013,   Parliament
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    We now resume our meeting, which is public. ... more

    April 16, 2013,   Parliament
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    Thank you very much. ... more

    April 16, 2013,   Parliament
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