Bill C-425

An Act to amend the Citizenship Act (honouring the Canadian Armed Forces)

This bill was tabled by Devinder Shory on May 31, 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 Jamie Nicholls

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jack Harris
    Jack Harris spoke

    First of all, this is not an argument about whether or not Bill C-425 is or is not contrary to the charter. It has to do with the process whereby legislation that is introduced by the government is required to go to the Department of Justice for a decision. They're not permitted to bring legislation to the House of Commons if they have a ruling from the Department of Justice or an opinion that this is contrary to the charter. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Tilson
    David Tilson spoke

    It may be, sir, but it has nothing to do with the motion. It may be a valid argument as to whether or not Bill C-425 should be voted yea or nay, but it has nothing to do with the motion.

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Tilson
    David Tilson spoke

    Mr. Harris, if I can interject for a moment, you may or may not have a correct point. It may be a valid point for a court of law. It may be a valid point for debate in the House. It may, indeed, be a valid point if this committee ever gets around to debating the provisions of Bill C-425. But getting into issues of the charter with respect to this motion—

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jinny Sims
    Jinny Sims spoke

    Thank you very much. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jinny Sims
    Jinny Sims spoke

    I know what I said, but I'm not going to repeat it, because it was in camera. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Tilson
    David Tilson spoke

    Okay. Try me. I quite frankly can't believe you can do that, but we'll start, and if we feel it's getting into Bill C-425, I will tell you.

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jinny Sims
    Jinny Sims spoke

    I did not.... Chair, could you let me finish my thought? ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Tilson
    David Tilson spoke

    I don't think so. I don't want to hear any debate on Bill C-425.

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jinny Sims
    Jinny Sims spoke

    When I look at making arguments for seeking an extension of 30 sitting days, what I can refer to has been limited in an extraordinary way, I would say. But in order to put forward my arguments, I would argue, Mr. Chair, that I do have to refer to the contents of Bill C-425.

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jack Harris
    Jack Harris spoke

    So we're waiting for the concurrence debate in the House on Bill C-425?

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Tilson
    David Tilson spoke

    Mr. Harris, this is a difficult area in terms of whether this argument should be made here or in another place. The second paragraph of the motion says: ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé

    Yes, indeed, Mr. Chair. That's quite clear. We have a specific date for those 30 additional days. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé

    But, with regard to the 30-day extension, it is imperative that we be given some clarification on why it is warranted. We need a clear and specific explanation of the reasons behind the extension. I'm being told that my comments are repetitive, but the fact remains that we were never clearly provided with the official reasons for the extension request. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jinny Sims
    Jinny Sims spoke

    Here we are today debating a motion that sits before us. I'm not going to read it out to everybody. I want to thank the clerk for giving us a clean copy, because all of us have a tendency to doodle and write on them. We had motions before us with amendments and subamendments, and here we are, having dealt with the subamendments and the amendments, back to the main motion. The main motion actually asks the House for a 30-day extension in order to facilitate a request for an expansion of the scope of the bill. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé

    Fine, Mr. Chair. Obviously, you are the supreme authority over this committee meeting. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé

    Mr. Chair, I won't get into anything other than the matter in hand, and that is the 30-day extension. Without trying to debate it further, I was merely referring to the request that is to take place on June 21. In all cases, this 30-day extension is objectionable. We will not support it. It sets a precedent. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé

    Mr. Chair, this is truly an all-out attack against our ability to speak. I repeat, I wasn't going into the details of what I had said previously in any way. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé

    Mr. Chair, I wasn't trying to challenge what you made clear about the discussion on this motion. In my comments on the 30-day extension, I have no intention of mentioning the amendments or referring to them. I am simply trying to establish the link to the request for a 30-day extension. It is clear to me that a causal link exists and is at the heart of the motion, which seeks a 30-day extension to provide for the possibility of expanding the scope of the bill. I have no intention of discussing matters that pertain to the amendments as far as expanding the bill's scope goes. That isn't my intention. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé

    Mr. Chair, before I go on, I wanted to say something about the 30-day extension. It should be noted that the proposed motion could be split in two. There is indeed a cause and effect relationship between the 30-day extension and the possibility of expanding the scope of the said bill. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jinny Sims
    Jinny Sims spoke

    Well, what we're here today to debate is the extension of Bill C-425 so that the government can get an expanded scope in the House. This could have been achieved in a variety of ways, and one of them was through—

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Tilson
    David Tilson spoke

    Monsieur Giguère, on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, the committee recommended to the House that it be given the power during its consideration of Bill C-425 to expand the scope of the bill. The committee is awaiting the decision of the House before further considering the bill. So all of what you way, quite frankly, is not relevant.

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alain Giguère

    Mr. Chair, I want to point out that I am opposed to broadening the scope of the bill, which objective is clearly stated in Mr. Dykstra's motion. I am opposed to it because Bill C-425 had a very clearly established legal framework on which we could work quite easily. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jinny Sims
    Jinny Sims spoke

    When you look at Bill C-425 and the request for an extension, the request for an extension is here for one reason only, and that is to get an expansion of the scope. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Tilson
    David Tilson spoke

    I'm going to say it one more time and then I'm not going to say it any more. If you start talking about it, I'm going to move on. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
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