Bill C-424

An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (contestation of election and punishment)

This bill was tabled by Dominic LeBlanc on May 31, 2012.

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  • 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

Activity Feed

  • Photo of Bruce Stanton
    Bruce Stanton spoke about Private Members' Business > CANADA ELECTIONS 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-424 under private members' business. ... more

    Nov. 21, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > CANADA ELECTIONS ACT

    The House resumed from November 7 consideration of the motion that Bill C-424, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (contestation of election and punishment), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Nov. 21, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 500
    That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.
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      Conservative
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
    • In favour 100%
      Bloc
    • In favour 100%
      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Green
    Nov. 21, 2012
  • Photo of Francine Raynault
    Francine Raynault spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Elections Act

    Mr. speaker, imagine how surprised I was to learn that the famous Pierre Poutine was from my riding. What an honour it was to find my region on page one of the major newspapers. What a pleasure it was to learn that hidden behind a name normally used for a high-calorie meal from these parts was a heart of stone, a pebble in the shoe of the march towards democracy. Pierre Poutine and the robocalls, what a story. ... more

    Nov. 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault
    Pierre-Luc Dusseault spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to have the opportunity to speak to Bill C-424, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (contestation of election and punishment). I want to thank and congratulate the hon. member for Beauséjour, who is the sponsor of this commendable private member's bill. ... more

    Nov. 8, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Craig Scott
    Craig Scott spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will respond to the speech from the member for Malpeque. Most of what he said is well worth taking on board. However, in the first hour of debate, we heard a fair bit, including from the side of the governing party, about a concern that the mechanism being selected in Bill C-424 for an additional way to contest elections through the Chief Electoral Officer would involve the Chief Electoral Officer in almost a politicization of his role, that there would not be sufficient neutrality with that mechanism. ... more

    Nov. 7, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Wayne Easter
    Wayne Easter spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to stand and speak on Bill C-424, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (contestation of election and punishment). ... more

    Nov. 7, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Elections Act

    The House resumed from October 3 consideration of the motion that Bill C-424, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (contestation of election and punishment), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Nov. 7, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Christine Moore
    Christine Moore spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill C-424, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (contestation of election and punishment). The purpose of this bill, introduced by the hon. member for Beauséjour, is to changes the rules for contesting an election and the fines in cases of electoral fraud. ... more

    Oct. 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Choquette
    François Choquette spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, some of the things I heard from the hon. member who just spoke are truly unbelievable. It is rather impressive. ... more

    Oct. 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is with pleasure that I rise to speak to what is an important bill for the government to not only look at but also to speak to as well. ... more

    Oct. 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandrine Latendresse
    Alexandrine Latendresse spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to explore in more depth the ideas proposed in Bill C-424 by the hon. Liberal member for Beauséjour. ... more

    Oct. 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dominic LeBlanc
    Dominic LeBlanc spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Elections Act

    moved that Bill C-424, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (contestation of election and punishment), be read the second time and referred to a committee. ... more

    Oct. 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    There are no concerns regarding C-420 to proceed, so it will proceed. ... more

    June 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dominic LeBlanc
    Dominic LeBlanc spoke about Routine Proceedings > Canada Elections Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-424, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (contestation of election and punishment). ... more

    May 30, 2012,   Parliament