Bill C-476

Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Budget Officer)

This bill was tabled by Thomas Mulcair on March 19, 2013.

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  • 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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  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    The House resumed from June 10 consideration of the motion that Bill C-476, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Budget Officer), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 751
    That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.
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      Liberal
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      Bloc
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      NDP
    • Against 100%
      Conservative
    June 12, 2013
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    Conservatives promised more transparency and more accountability. ... more

    June 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hélène Laverdière
    Hélène Laverdière spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise today to express my support for Bill C-476, the excellent private member’s bill introduced by the member for Outremont and leader of the official opposition. ... more

    June 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandre Boulerice
    Alexandre Boulerice spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to rise to speak to the bill of the leader of the official opposition, the member for Outremont. ... more

    June 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Linda Duncan
    Linda Duncan spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to rise to speak in support of Bill C-476, tabled by the member for Outremont and leader of the official opposition. ... more

    June 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rodger Cuzner
    Rodger Cuzner spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    Mr. Speaker, this is a big day today. I just exchanged pleasantries with the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and it is his birthday. We are expecting to maybe put forward legislation identifying today as a national holiday. ... more

    June 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    The House resumed from April 29 consideration of the motion that Bill C-476, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Budget Officer), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    June 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Murray Rankin

    They would be available and you're aware of that. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Laurin Liu
    Laurin Liu spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to speak today to Bill C-476 introduced by the Leader of the Opposition. This bill would make the Parliamentary Budget Officer an officer of Parliament separate from and independent of the government, just like the Auditor General, the Chief Electoral Officer and the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Shelly Glover
    Shelly Glover spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    Mr. Speaker, as we all heard just moments ago, I think I touched a nerve with the leader of the official opposition, the member of Parliament for Outremont, when I suggested that this private member's bill did not have a cost to it. When I suggested that the NDP, in fact, also has a history and a record of doing these kinds of things without any regard to cost to Canadians, the official opposition leader suggested that I was not being honest about their propositions for budget 2013. The leader of the official opposition is either embarrassed by the launch the NDP did for budget 2013, or he has selective memory, for whatever reason. We would leave it to him to explain that. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peggy Nash
    Peggy Nash spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to speak once again about the position of the Parliamentary Budget Officer. I will just remind my colleagues and Canadians that this is a position created by the Conservative government. It was created in the wake of the Liberal sponsorship scandal, at a time when Canadians were incensed by the misappropriation of their tax dollars. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stéphane Dion
    Stéphane Dion spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    Mr. Speaker, the leader of the official opposition has introduced a bill that the Liberal caucus will have no trouble supporting, because it is something we have been calling for for a long time. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Saxton
    Andrew Saxton spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today in response to the motion from the hon. member on Bill C-476, an act that would make the Parliamentary Budget Officer an officer of Parliament. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Saxton
    Andrew Saxton spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today in response to the motion from the hon. member opposite on Bill C-476. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Thomas Mulcair
    Thomas Mulcair spoke about Private Members' Business > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    moved that Bill C-476, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Budget Officer), be read the second time and referred to a committee. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Speaker's Ruling > Private Members' Business

    The Chair would like to take a moment to provide some information to the House regarding the management of private members' business. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Moore
    James Moore spoke about Oral Questions > Employment Insurance

    Mr. Speaker, it is funny—the same person, two different arguments. On the one hand, the leader of the NDP likes to, of course, trash individuals and an institution, but on the other hand, just last week, in this place, he tabled Bill C-476, where the leader of the NDP actually wants to give new powers to the Senate over officers of Parliament. ... more

    March 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Thomas Mulcair
    Thomas Mulcair spoke about Routine Proceedings > Parliamentary Budget Officer Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-476, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Budget Officer). ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament