Bill C-461

CBC and Public Service Disclosure and Transparency Act

An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act (disclosure of information)

This bill was tabled by Brent Rathgeber on Nov. 6, 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 Mathieu Ravignat
    Mathieu Ravignat spoke about Oral Questions > Access to Information

    Mr. Speaker, I have a very simple question for the Prime Minister. ... more

    June 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault
    Pierre-Luc Dusseault spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the seventh report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics concerning Bill C-461, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act (disclosure of information). ... more

    June 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Charlie Angus

    Mr. Chair, pursuant to Standing Order 97.1 I move that the committee report to the House a recommendation that Bill C-461, an act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act (disclosure of information), not be further proceeded with and to give the reasons therefore.

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Brad Butt
    Brad Butt spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. I move: ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Charlie Angus

    Mr. Chair, at this stage, I would prefer to read it into the record myself because I see what a ruthless bunch I'm playing cards with here, and I don't want to be sitting in my undershirt at the end of this round. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault

    Now we go to clause 4, for which we have received three amendments. The first was from the NDP and it reads as follows: ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault

    Now we go to amendment NDP-1, which also amends clause 2. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault

    If there are no further questions and no one wants to speak, I am prepared to call amendment CPC-1. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandre Boulerice

    I apologize. I will try to do better. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandre Boulerice

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandre Boulerice

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault

    We will go straight to the second item on the agenda, clause-by-clause consideration of Bill C-461. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of John Carmichael

    Thank you, Chair. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandre Boulerice

    Good. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Jennifer Stoddart (Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada) spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault

    We will begin the 84th meeting of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, which concerns Bill C-461. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault

    Thank you, Mr. Rathgeber. ... more

    June 3, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Brent Rathgeber

    No. As I said in my opening comments, Mr. Chair, it's certainly the intent of the bill that bonuses, which can be as high as 39%, should be disclosed. The specific “salary” is the word that Bill C-461 uses. Members of the committee might want to think about an amendment to make it clear that the word “salary” includes bonuses, or they might want to just say “salary and bonus”. ... more

    June 3, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Chris Warkentin

    It seems as though the CBC says that it provides detailed information about its spending, program strategies, and operations to the broadcast regulator, which is the CRTC. Currently, some of that information is made public by the commission, but journalistic programming and creative material is excluded. They go on to say that BillC-461 limits the ability of the head of CBC/Radio-Canada to withhold information. They are concerned that the CRTC would no longer be able to withhold confidential information provided by CBC. ... more

    June 3, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Brent Rathgeber

    Thank you, Mr. Chair, and honourable members. ... more

    June 3, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault

    Good afternoon, everyone. ... more

    June 3, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Crowder
    Jean Crowder spoke about Government Orders > Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1

    Mr. Speaker, New Democrats oppose Bill C-60 both with regard to the process and with regard to the content. This is another example. The bill is 115 pages and will make amendments to 49 different pieces of legislation. Of course, a bill of that scope and magnitude deserves thorough examination by members of Parliament. ... more

    June 3, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault

    Thank you, Mr. Warkentin. Your time is up, unfortunately. ... more

    May 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Andrews

    Mr. Taylor, when Stephen Harper was president of the National Citizens Coalition, if a matter became before Parliament, wouldn't he be calling for more accountability and more openness and transparency, as is in Bill C-461?

    May 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault

    Thank you. ... more

    May 29, 2013,   Parliament
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