Bill C-474

Transparency of Payments Made by Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations to Foreign Governments Act

An Act respecting the promotion of financial transparency, improved accountability and long-term economic sustainability through the public reporting of payments made by mining, oil and gas corporations to foreign governments

This bill was tabled by John McKay on March 19, 2013.

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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 Sean Casey
    Sean Casey spoke about Government Orders > Fighting Foreign Corruption Act > Sitting Resumed

    Mr. Speaker, I share the concerns expressed by the member. With Canada being such a significant player in the resource extraction industry worldwide, this is a real opportunity not just to meet and to be level with its international obligations, but to lead. An excellent example was just cited with respect to transparency. The private member's bill brought forward by the member for Scarborough—Guildwood would go a long way toward that goal of Canada being an international leader in transparency and ethical conduct. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
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    Sean Casey spoke about Government Orders > Fighting Foreign Corruption Act > Sitting Resumed

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to add my voice to the debate on Bill S-14, an act to amend the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of John McKay
    John McKay spoke about Government Orders > Fighting Foreign Corruption Act

    Mr. Speaker, unfortunately our track record on this file is not as robust as one would like. ... more

    June 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of John McKay
    John McKay spoke about Government Orders > Fighting Foreign Corruption Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Cambridge for that enthusiastic applause and possibly one or two others as well. However, I would be surprised if the member for Cambridge and others actually remembered what I was talking about two weeks ago when question period interrupted the profundities of my speech. ... more

    June 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Reid
    Scott Reid spoke about Private Members' Business > Transparency of Payments Made by Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations to Foreign Governments Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to contribute to the debate on Bill C-474. This proposed legislation focuses on Canadian extractive companies, Canadian mining companies in other words, that are operating internationally. Its main objective, which I do not think anyone could object to, is the improvement of financial transparency, accountability and economic sustainability through public reporting of any payment that Canadian mining companies or Canadian oil and gas companies make to foreign governments. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Irwin Cotler
    Irwin Cotler spoke about Private Members' Business > Transparency of Payments Made by Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations to Foreign Governments Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to address Bill C-474, the transparency of payments made by mining, oil and gas corporations to foreign governments act. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bob Dechert
    Bob Dechert spoke about Private Members' Business > Transparency of Payments Made by Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations to Foreign Governments Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to participate in the debate on Bill C-474, the transparency of payments made by mining, oil and gas corporations to foreign governments act. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of John McKay
    John McKay spoke about Private Members' Business > Transparency of Payments Made by Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations to Foreign Governments Act

    moved that Bill C-474, an act respecting the promotion of financial transparency, improved accountability and long-term economic sustainability through the public reporting of payments made by mining, oil and gas corporations to foreign governments, be read the second time and referred to a committee. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of John McKay
    John McKay spoke about Government Orders > Fighting Foreign Corruption Act

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to talk about corruption and bribery. It looks like this will be a discussion that we will have all day. We will have this discussion before question period, during question period, after question period and, I dare say, this is not a conversation that will go to go away any time soon. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of John McKay
    John McKay spoke about Government Orders > Fighting Foreign Corruption Act

    Mr. Speaker, we might title this day “corruption day on the Hill”. After all, for the first hour or so, we are going to be talking about Bill S-14, a bill on bribery and corruption. I dare say question period will have something to do with the other place, which might have something to do with bribery and corruption. Then we will go back to debating this bill, which is clearly about bribery and corruption. Then we will be on to debating my sunshine bill, which is also about bribery and corruption. I would say that this is corruption day on the Hill. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of John McKay
    John McKay spoke about Routine Proceedings > Transparency of Payments Made by Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations to Foreign Governments Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-474, An Act respecting the promotion of financial transparency, improved accountability and long-term economic sustainability through the public reporting of payments made by mining, oil and gas corporations to foreign governments. ... more

    Feb. 26, 2013,   Parliament