Bill C-52

Fair Rail Freight Service Act

An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (administration, air and railway transportation and arbitration)

This bill was tabled by Denis Lebel 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

Second Reading and Referral to Committee

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  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, I do want to start by reviewing what our House has accomplished over the preceding five days since I last answered the Thursday question. ... more

    June 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, now that we have been sitting for a week under our Conservative government's plans for a harder-working, productive and orderly House of Commons, I would remind all hon. members of what we have been able to achieve since just Victoria Day. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Pursuant to an order made on Wednesday, May 22, the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at the third reading stage of Bill C-52. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    The House resumed from May 29 consideration of the motion that Bill C-52, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (administration, air and railway transportation and arbitration), be read the third time and passed.

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Niki Ashton
    Niki Ashton spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, the member made reference to those who are involved in grain farming. One of the things I had the opportunity to speak to when referencing Bill C-52 was how unfortunately the government, as exemplified in this bill but also generally in their approach across the country including passenger rail, leaves Canadians shortchanged. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Lemieux
    Pierre Lemieux spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, Canada's agriculture and food industry creates jobs and promotes economic growth. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Anne Minh-Thu Quach
    Anne Minh-Thu Quach spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    This is actually quite insulting, and most of all, undemocratic. The Conservatives are forcing us to sit until midnight from Monday to Thursday, and yet this makes the 37th time we have a time allocation motion. Talk about mixed messages. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Anne Minh-Thu Quach
    Anne Minh-Thu Quach spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am rising in the House to speak to Bill C-52, concerning rail freight. This is another bill we are debating under a gag order, which has been imposed for the 37th time.

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, there are two points that my friend across the way and I can agree on. I am going to leave the tragic case of the circus elephant behind because I am not sure that this bill directly speaks to that particular provision. I do not see it in the legislation. There are two things that we can agree on. One is the importance of rail. Eighty per cent of all of our freight moves on rail. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joe Preston
    Joe Preston spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, that is right, my hometown killed an elephant. It was back in a day when rail was king. It was a day when everything moved on the rails and some things, I guess, had to move out of the way. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joe Preston
    Joe Preston spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is great to be here tonight, even at this hour. I guess it is great to be here this morning, now. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss Bill C-52. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Choquette
    François Choquette spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, despite the recent interruption, we have to deal with the serious issue of Bill C-52, all the same. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 708
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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      Liberal
    • A 100%
      Bloc
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      NDP
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    May 30, 2013
  • Photo of Costas Menegakis
    Costas Menegakis spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of Bill C-52, the fair rail freight service act. The purpose of this bill would be to amend the Canada Transportation Act in order to improve the reliability and predictability of rail freight service in Canada. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Braid
    Peter Braid spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, my colleague has really hit the nail on the head. As you know, Mr. Speaker, our government's number one priority is jobs and economic growth. That is what is at the foundation of Bill C-52. It is to help support Canada's economy, to support our important resource centre, particularly in the western parts of our country, and to ensure that our resource industries, our small and medium-sized businesses, can get their products to market. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Braid
    Peter Braid spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise this evening to speak to Bill C-52, the fair rail freight service act. The bill would amend the Canada Transportation Act to improve the reliability and predictability of rail freight service in Canada. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Choquette
    François Choquette spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague who, in passing, does an excellent job as leader in the House of Commons. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Choquette
    François Choquette spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, I wanted to say that the shippers, of course, are happy that someone is finally trying to meet their needs and that the first steps have been taken. Unfortunately, as I mentioned, there were six proposals that were not answered and were simply dismissed. I cannot explain that. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Choquette
    François Choquette spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin my speech on Bill C-52, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (administration, air and railway transportation and arbitration), by pointing out that this is the 37th time that we have been faced with time allocation. It is the 37th time that we have been gagged and that we have been prevented from discussing, debating and proposing opposition arguments to improve the bills before us. This is the Conservative way, since their ideological blindness makes them think they can do whatever they like. They put on their blinders and refuse to listen to anyone who puts forward solutions and amendments to their problem. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of John Carmichael
    John Carmichael spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to speak in support of Bill C-52, the fair rail freight service act. My comments today will describe our extensive consultations with stakeholders from across the rail-based supply chain. These consultations helped shape Bill C-52 and helped to ensure that it would take a fair and balanced approach to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and reliability of rail-based supply. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill C-52, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (administration, air and railway transportation and arbitration), be read the third time and passed.

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jinny Sims
    Jinny Sims spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of Bill C-52, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ralph Goodale
    Ralph Goodale spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, the issue with respect to what historically was called the “Crow's Nest rate” is that it ran into a serious impediment in the mid-1990s with the new World Trade Organization, which explicitly ruled that this form of structure in our freight rates constituted an illegal subsidy for the future. Accordingly, the government had to react with changes that provided a period of compensation for the loss of the subsidized rate and it tried to put the system on a more commercial basis for the long term into the future. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Anne Minh-Thu Quach
    Anne Minh-Thu Quach spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, Bill C-52 only applies to new agreements. Contract breaches and service interruptions are often related to existing agreements. The shippers have no recourse and they suffer financial losses. Sometimes these losses also cause job losses. If the crops are just waiting and are not sold, there are repercussions for the economy. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ralph Goodale
    Ralph Goodale spoke about Government Orders > Fair Rail Freight Service Act

    Mr. Speaker, thank you for attempting to regain a little order. It is much appreciated. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
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