Bill C-42

Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act

An Act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts

This bill was tabled by Vic Toews on June 21, 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

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
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    Could I take one quick moment? Professor, after your previous comments I think you would agree that Bill C-42 is needed to modernize the RCMP in terms of human resources. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
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    Rosane Doré Lefebvre spoke about Oral Questions > Royal Canadian Mounted Police

    Mr. Speaker, the minister is once again showing that he is living beyond his means, intellectually speaking. ... more

    June 10, 2013,   Parliament
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    Niki Ashton spoke about Oral Questions > Royal Canadian Mounted Police

    Mr. Speaker, we heard from witness after witness that Bill C-42 is not enough to put an end to sexual harassment in the RCMP and the government knows that. The RCMP members will not feel comfortable coming forward, especially when other complaints are being questioned publicly and in the media. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
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    Candice Bergen spoke about Oral Questions > Royal Canadian Mounted Police

    Mr. Speaker, we take the issue of harassment within the RCMP, and specifically sexual harassment, very seriously. That is why our government introduced Bill C-42, the enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police accountability act, to, among other things, modernize and speed up the process whereby complaints like this can be handled. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kyle Seeback
    Kyle Seeback spoke about Government Orders > Safer Witnesses Act

    Mr. Speaker, I can say one thing. Bill C-42, an act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, added approximately $10 million to the RCMP. There are additional funds flowing to the RCMP on a global scale. We will certainly have to take a look at how the program operates in the future to make sure there are proper resources. The important thing about the legislation is the efficacy of it and what it would do to protect witnesses. I am pleased to have the support of the NDP on this particular piece of legislation.

    May 31, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Patrick Brown
    Patrick Brown spoke about Government Orders > Safer Witnesses Act

    Mr. Speaker, ensuring that all Canadians have safe communities in which to live has been a priority for our government since taking office. Our government has undertaken numerous initiatives to ensure the safety of Canadians. For example, our government is following through on its commitment to give the RCMP the tools it needs to enhance public confidence and increase accountability to its members and Canadians. This is apparent through our support for Bill C-42, the enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police accountability act. This legislation would enable the RCMP to continue its ongoing transformation toward a strong and vibrant national police force that Canadians will continue to believe in and value. ... more

    May 31, 2013,   Parliament
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    Stella Ambler spoke about Government Orders > Safer Witnesses Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure this evening to speak to the safer witnesses act. As members may know by now, it is a product of extensive input from knowledgeable parties across the country. Indeed, I am pleased to note that the proposed legislation has earned plaudits from several provinces and law enforcement agencies. This positive reaction speaks volumes about the thoroughness and timeliness of Bill C-51. ... more

    May 31, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke about Government Orders > Safer Witnesses Act

    Mr. Speaker, I certainly appreciate the opportunity to ask a question. ... more

    May 31, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht
    Harold Albrecht spoke about Government Orders > Safer Witnesses Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very happy to hear the strong support for Bill C-51, the safer witnesses act, from all sides of the House. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Candice Bergen
    Candice Bergen spoke about Government Orders > Safer Witnesses Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for acknowledging that he was indeed laughing. When we were talking about something this serious, laughter is not what is needed. Real work and real focus is what is required. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
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    Thank you. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
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    Nathan Cullen spoke about Government Orders > Extension of Sitting Hours

    Mr. Speaker, I apologize for interrupting my colleague just at the beginning of his speech on the justification for the motion that he has just presented to the House, but we have a point of order that we need to raise because I think it establishes a couple of important things for you, as Speaker, to determine before we get into the context and the particulars of this motion. ... more

    May 21, 2013,   Parliament
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    Françoise Boivin spoke about Oral Questions > Royal Canadian Mounted Police

    Mr. Speaker, the minister must be afraid someone will contradict him. Why else would he prevent the RCMP from speaking freely to parliamentarians? ... more

    May 7, 2013,   Parliament
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    Judy Sgro spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to get up and to follow my colleague today in raising some of the concerns we have with Bill C-15. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
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    Candice Bergen spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, that is pretty remarkable coming from a member on that side of the House, when every time we try to bring forward legislation that supports law enforcement, as is evident today, members vote against it and do not support it. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
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    Niki Ashton spoke

    Yes. One of the things that we've struggled with, however, including in recent legislation like Bill C-42 is that in the general references to workplace safety, when there is no direct reference to sexual harassment, it gets lost in the mix. We believe there should be specific discussions around how organizations like your own, with very similar realities, work to put an end to sexual harassment, which is obviously a concern in the RCMP as well. ... more

    March 26, 2013,   Parliament
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    Thank you. ... more

    March 21, 2013,   Parliament
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    Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. ... more

    March 21, 2013,   Parliament
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    Matthew Kellway spoke about Government Orders > Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Timmins—James Bay for his struggle on behalf of Canadians and their interest in their privacy rights, in particular with respect to the bills he mentioned, Bill C-12 and Bill C-30. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
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    Thank you very much. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act > Third Reading

    The House resumed from February 28 consideration of the motion that Bill C-42, An Act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts, be read the third time and passed.

    March 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rosane Doré Lefebvre
    Rosane Doré Lefebvre spoke about Government Orders > Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act > Bill C-42—Time Allocation Motion

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have the opportunity to ask the minister a question about shortening the debate on Bill C-42. I found it interesting that the committee spent only a few meetings discussing this bill. The last time the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act was amended, which was several years ago, it took months and months of serious study. I find the seriousness to be lacking this time. ... more

    March 6, 2013,   Parliament
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    Anne-Marie Day spoke about Government Orders > Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act > Bill C-42—Time Allocation Motion

    Mr. Speaker, this is the 29th time debate in the House has been interrupted and our members' right to speak has been taken away. Democracy is under attack. ... more

    March 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Vic Toews
    Vic Toews spoke about Government Orders > Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act > Bill C-42—Time Allocation Motion

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the debate. ... more

    March 6, 2013,   Parliament
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