Bill C-441

Rail Customer Protection Act

An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (shippers' protection)

This bill was tabled by Olivia Chow 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

Introduction and First Reading

Activity Feed

  • Photo of Jinny Sims
    Jinny Sims spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of Bill C-52, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Harris
    Dan Harris spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act > Speaker's Ruling

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise again to speak to Bill C-52. When many people were going to bed last night, we thought we would be debating a different bill this morning. However, from time to time the government does like to make late-night changes to throw the opposition off and to play games. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Sullivan
    Mike Sullivan spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act > Speaker's Ruling

    Mr. Speaker, I am glad to be able to rise and add to this debate on the third reading of Bill C-52. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Aubin
    Robert Aubin spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act > Speaker's Ruling

    Yes, two steps, and we might even be on our way toward a solution. It is in that frame of mind that we will be voting in favour of Bill C-52, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (administration, air and railway transportation and arbitration). It is more a matter of railway transportation in this case. Arbitration is probably the most interesting thing about this amendment to the legislation. I will come back to that a little later. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Irene Mathyssen
    Irene Mathyssen spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, rail freight customers, from farmers to mining companies, are suffering because railway companies have a virtual monopoly when it comes to the vital rail lines that Canadians need to get goods to market. ... more

    Feb. 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Fin Donnelly
    Fin Donnelly spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today not only as the member for New Westminster—Coquitlam and Port Moody but in my capacity as western economic diversification critic for the NDP. ... more

    Feb. 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Matthew Kellway
    Matthew Kellway spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to stand in the House today to speak to Bill C-52 and to kick off today's debate on an act to amend the Canada Transportation Act. ... more

    Feb. 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Olivia Chow
    Olivia Chow spoke about Routine Proceedings > Rail Customer Protection Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-441, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (shippers' protection). ... more

    June 20, 2012,   Parliament