Bill C-47

Northern Jobs and Growth Act

An Act to enact the Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act and the Northwest Territories Surface Rights Board Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts

This bill was tabled by John Duncan 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

Second Reading and Referral to Committee

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  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Royal Assent

    I have the honour to inform the House that when the House did attend His Excellency the Governor General in the Senate chamber, His Excellency was pleased to give, in Her Majesty's name, the royal assent to certain bills: ... more

    June 19, 2013,   Parliament
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    Dennis Bevington spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act > Second Reading

    Mr. Speaker, I am afraid that is simply not going to happen, whether time allocation occurs or not. The Conservative majority government has chosen not to deal with amendments in a good fashion on the aboriginal affairs committee for the last two years that I have sat on it. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Niki Ashton
    Niki Ashton spoke about Government Orders > Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very honoured to rise in the House to speak on behalf of so many of my constituents and first nations people across Canada who have vehemently opposed Bill S-2. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bernard Valcourt
    Bernard Valcourt spoke about Government Orders > Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act > Bill S-2—Time Allocation Motion

    Mr. Speaker, the fact of the matter is that this issue has been before this Parliament for many years now. My colleague referred to the majority government. All those families living on reserve in Canada will thank Canadians for having elected a majority government. ... more

    June 4, 2013,   Parliament
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    Dennis Bevington spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, I have the opportunity here, quite late on Tuesday night, to speak to this particular bill. ... more

    May 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bernard Valcourt
    Bernard Valcourt spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Indian Affairs and Northern Development—Main Estimates, 2013–14

    Mr. Chair, the northern jobs and growth act, as members may know, would fulfill obligations flowing from land claim agreements, and it would respond also to economic development and needs of northerners, and it would build on our government's commitment to create jobs, new wealth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ryan Leef
    Ryan Leef spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Indian Affairs and Northern Development—Main Estimates, 2013–14

    Mr. Chair, obviously we know no government has done more to advance the interests of Canada's north than we have. I know we will certainly continue to do so. We introduced the northern jobs and growth act to allow northerners to benefit from projects in mining, oil, gas, transportation and other businesses across the north and across Canada. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
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    Ryan Leef spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Indian Affairs and Northern Development—Main Estimates, 2013–14

    Mr. Chair, I will be using the first 10 minutes of my time to speak and the last 5 minutes to pose questions for the minister. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ryan Cleary
    Ryan Cleary spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member who spoke before me. I particularly liked his expression near the end of his last question about drive-by consultation. If the definition of Conservative consultation is lowering the window and asking what people think, then he is pretty well dead on the money. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Randall Garrison
    Randall Garrison spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise today to speak to Bill C-47, an act to enact the Nunavut planning and project assessment act and the Northwest Territories surface rights board act. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ève Péclet
    Ève Péclet spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, today we are talking about Bill C-47, which has to do with a part of Canada I have not yet visited. I hope to have the chance to visit northern Canada one day. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Rousseau
    Jean Rousseau spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, first, I would like to indicate that I will be sharing my time with the hon. member for La Pointe-de-l'Île. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Susan Truppe
    Susan Truppe spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, I was pleased to hear that the official opposition supports the bill. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Chisholm
    Robert Chisholm spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have the opportunity to rise and speak to this important issue as represented by Bill C-47. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, the member asked a great question. At the end of the day, I think we do need to recognize that, overall, Bill C-47 is worthy of all of our votes. I trust that it will likely pass unanimously from the House. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to rise today to address what I believe is in fact a very important bill, Bill C-47, and the impact it is going to have, which I believe is quite significant. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rosane Doré Lefebvre
    Rosane Doré Lefebvre spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the Parliamentary Secretary for her comments. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Susan Truppe
    Susan Truppe spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, members of the opposition have made a point today of mentioning the government's reluctance to consider amendments to Bill C-47 that had, in most cases, been recommended by witnesses in the committee. For the record, I would like to address those comments from a different perspective. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rosane Doré Lefebvre
    Rosane Doré Lefebvre spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise in the House today to speak to Bill C-47. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Linda Duncan
    Linda Duncan spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, as you have heard several times in the House today, the New Democratic Party is in support of this legislation. However, we think it is important to bring to the House the concerns raised by the many witnesses who came from Nunavut and the Northwest Territories to express some concerns about the legislation. They took the time to make sound, genuine recommendations for improving the bill. Some of the issues were not resolved in the time for consultation. I would like to share some of those, as have some of my colleagues. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Manon Perreault
    Manon Perreault spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, today, we are debating Bill C-47, An Act to enact the Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act and the Northwest Territories Surface Rights Board Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts. This bill seeks to create a framework for determining how environmental assessments and project approval will be done in Nunavut given the new land use plans. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
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    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kyle Seeback
    Kyle Seeback spoke about Statements By Members > Northern Development

    Mr. Speaker, our government is taking action to create jobs and strengthen northern communities. We have introduced Bill C-47, the northern jobs and growth act. This act would fulfill legislative obligations flowing from land claims agreements and would contribute to improving the conditions for investment, while ensuring the north's resources are developed in a sustainable manner. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of John Rafferty
    John Rafferty spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak now and I look forward to continuing the remainder of my part of the debate on Bill C-47 after question period. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Élaine Michaud
    Élaine Michaud spoke about Government Orders > Northern Jobs and Growth Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have the opportunity to join my colleagues in this debate on Bill C-47. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
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