Bill C-53

Succession to the Throne Act, 2013

An Act to assent to alterations in the law touching the Succession to the Throne

This bill was tabled by Rob Nicholson on March 19, 2013.


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

Activity Feed

  • Photo of John Williamson
    John Williamson spoke about Oral Questions > Succession to the Throne

    Mr. Speaker, the Canadian crown plays an integral part in Canada's unique history and is central to our institutions of government. We have always lived under a crown, whether under the French crown originally or today under the English crown. ... more

    March 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rob Nicholson
    Rob Nicholson spoke about Routine Proceedings > Succession to the Throne Act, 2013

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-53, An Act to assent to alterations in the law touching the Succession to the Throne. ... more

    Jan. 31, 2013,   Parliament