Bill C-453

An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (preventing and prosecuting fraudulent voice messages during election periods)

This bill was tabled by Craig Scott on Oct. 18, 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

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  • Photo of Craig Scott
    Craig Scott spoke about Oral Questions > Elections Canada

    Mr. Speaker, it has now been eight and a half months since the Conservatives voted in favour of an NDP motion to strengthen the Elections Act. The minister continues to say, however, that he is bringing a bill forward “in due course”. The problem is that he agreed to do so by mid-September. Canadians expect action, which is why the NDP brought forward our Bill C-453. ... more

    Nov. 26, 2012,   Parliament
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    Craig Scott spoke about Oral Questions > Ethics

    Mr. Speaker, startling new federal court documents directly link RMG alleged voter suppression calls with Conservative Party headquarters. Conservative scripts on election day notified voters about polling location changes. The problem is that these were four ridings that had no poll changes. More evidence that organized voter suppression occurred in the federal election of 2011. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
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    Craig Scott spoke about Routine Proceedings > Canada Elections Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-453, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (preventing and prosecuting fraudulent voice messages during election periods). ... more

    Oct. 17, 2012,   Parliament