Bill C-470

An Act respecting democratic constitutional change

This bill was tabled by Craig Scott on March 19, 2013.

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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 Dominic LeBlanc
    Dominic LeBlanc spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Senate

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague from Laurentides—Labelle for his comments and his question. ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dominic LeBlanc
    Dominic LeBlanc spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Senate

    Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the hon. member for Charlottetown, so people can stay tuned and look forward to his comments. ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of André Bellavance
    André Bellavance spoke about Private Members' Business > Clarity Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to conclude the debate on Bill C-457, An Act to repeal the Clarity Act. ... more

    Feb. 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Craig Scott
    Craig Scott spoke about Private Members' Business > Clarity Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is indeed my honour to rise to speak in this debate and say a few words on Bill C-470, An Act respecting democratic constitutional change, which is part of the NDP's forward-looking vision for Canadian provinces and the federal government, alongside territorial and aboriginal governments, to work together toward building an even stronger country than we have now. ... more

    Feb. 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nycole Turmel
    Nycole Turmel spoke about Private Members' Business > Clarity Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am happy to rise today to debate Bill C-457, An Act to repeal the Clarity Act. ... more

    Feb. 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Craig Scott
    Craig Scott spoke about Routine Proceedings > An Act Respecting Democratic Constitutional Change

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-470, An Act respecting democratic constitutional change. ... more

    Jan. 28, 2013,   Parliament