Bill C-44

Helping Families in Need Act

An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Employment Insurance Act and to make consequential amendments to the Income Tax Act and the Income Tax Regulations

This bill was tabled by Diane Finley on Sept. 20, 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

First Reading

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  • Photo of Kellie Leitch
    Kellie Leitch spoke about Government Orders > Safer Witnesses Act

    Mr. Speaker, I find that very amusing. I sat in the House some time ago on Bill C-44 and commended the opposition on its significant support for particularly ill children. It is important that we highlight there are certain differences between the two parties. ... more

    May 31, 2013,   Parliament
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    Kellie Leitch spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    Mr. Speaker, there is no argument that children are a blessing. I became a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in part because of my love for children, so I understand that the hon. member has only the most compassionate motives in proposing this legislation. However, accepting the bill as it stands would run contrary to the intent of the Employment Insurance Act, as I will explain. ... more

    Feb. 4, 2013,   Parliament
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    Rodger Cuzner spoke about Private Members' Business > Canada Labour Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to join in the debate this morning, not just as the critic for human resources and skills development for the Liberal Party but as the father of three boys. There is a fairly significant storm hitting the east coast today and schools have been cancelled in Cape Breton and in many districts. As my wife teaches at the community college, she is home today. Therefore, I will be very cautious not to try to overstate how much impact I had in those early days in rearing the three boys. However, from my perspective, I was a spectator in something that I thought was pretty impressive with all that goes on with raising three pretty high-energy boys who were sort born in steps and stairs. ... more

    Feb. 4, 2013,   Parliament
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    Thank you very much, Chair, and thank you to both ministers for being here. ... more

    Nov. 29, 2012,   Parliament
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    Lisa Raitt spoke

    Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. ... more

    Nov. 29, 2012,   Parliament
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    Joe Comartin spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    It being 5:30 p.m., the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at the third reading stage of Bill C-44. ... more

    Nov. 20, 2012,   Parliament
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    Nov. 20, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 496
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    Nov. 20, 2012
  • Photo of Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
    Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe spoke about Government Orders > Safe Food for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his speech. He mentioned that amendments suggested in committee were simply dismissed, even though the opposition parties worked hard to develop those amendments. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
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    Judy Foote spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I could not agree with my colleague more. He has made a very valid point. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
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    Judy Foote spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, as my colleague from York West said, we are supporting the legislation, the helping families in need act. Just the title of the act shows that it is the kind of legislation that one would be inclined to support. Obviously, as my colleague said, it is a step in the right direction but so much more could be done. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Judy Sgro
    Judy Sgro spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to continue speaking to this very important bill, Bill C-44. It is an issue that was looked at when the Liberals were in office and something that we had also committed to improving had we become the government in the last election. Therefore, I am pleased that the government is at least picking up the issue. I am not satisfied that the Conservatives have done enough, but at least they are moving forward with baby steps. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
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    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
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    Judy Sgro spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the great member for Random—Burin—St. George's. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Philip Toone
    Philip Toone spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House today to speak about Bill C-44, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Employment Insurance Act and to make consequential amendments to the Income Tax Act and the Income Tax Regulations. Hon. members will recall that some aspects of this bill are very beneficial. I am very happy to say that we, on this side of the House, are prepared to support this bill. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
    Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for his very interesting speech. I really liked that he focused so much on the nuances of the committee's study of Bill C-44. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
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    Glenn Thibeault spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kennedy Stewart
    Kennedy Stewart spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am standing today to speak to Bill C-44, an act to amend the Canada Labour Code and the Employment Insurance Act. We will be supporting the bill, as we have heard in the House this morning, but I do have a couple of comments that are worth noting. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
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    Anne-Marie Day spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would first like to say that I will be sharing my time with the hon. member for Burnaby—Douglas. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Bezan
    James Bezan spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, the member's question should be raised with the minister directly. He should talk to her about the concerns he has, which are similar to ones I have had expressed in my constituency office as well. People sometimes wonder why those deductions are made. Sometimes it requires changes to the Income Tax Act as much as other legislation to see the deductions negated if people are not going to qualify for EI in the future. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
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    James Bezan spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill C-44, the helping families in need act, which delivers on several of our commitments to support Canadian families as we seek to help them balance work and family responsibilities. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kellie Leitch
    Kellie Leitch spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am sorry that I do not meet the intellectual quota for the member opposite, but I will say this. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
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    Kellie Leitch spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, everyone on our committee appreciated the stakeholders who came to present. Whether it was a mom who had a critically ill child or someone who had been ill and then had a child and required support, they were all recognized. That is why all parties in the House are supporting the bill. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
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    Hélène LeBlanc spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the Conservative member who just spoke. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
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    Kellie Leitch spoke about Government Orders > Helping Families in Need Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Selkirk—Interlake. ... more

    Nov. 19, 2012,   Parliament
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