Bill C-55

Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code

This bill was tabled by Rob Nicholson 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

Concurrence at Report Stage

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  • Mr. Michael Blais (President, Canadian Veterans Advocacy) spoke

    Thank you for the invitation, Mr. Chairman and ladies and gentlemen. ... more

    May 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciated my colleague's comment. He could perhaps tell the member for Winnipeg North that, in fact, Bill C-55 was a response to an attack on sections of the Criminal Code that were amended in an exaggerated fashion. The response, given in the form of Bill C–55, met the Supreme Court's criteria. Moreover, as I said earlier, it was a slightly more prudent way of responding in terms of human rights. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, the point is that when we do the comparison between Bill C-55 and Bill S-7, both of them deal with individuals' rights. Both of them deal with issues related to the charter. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I bring in the comparison once again in regard to Bill C-55 and Bill S-7. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, that is an excellent question. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will pose a question to the member in regard to his reference to human rights. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Charlie Angus
    Charlie Angus spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I listened with great interest to my hon. colleague. This is a very important debate because the one thing we all share in the House is an abhorrence of the senseless and cruel violence we saw in Boston and elsewhere. We know where the Conservatives are coming from. Their agenda has always been clear. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I have heard a number of NDP MPs articulate why they oppose this legislation. I want to bring up Bill C-55, and members will see the relevance to my question. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Charlie Angus
    Charlie Angus spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is an honour, as always, to rise in the House and represent the great people of Timmins—James Bay, who put their trust in me to address issues in the House. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Earl Dreeshen

    Thank you. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Jennifer Stoddart spoke

    Yes. Thank you, honourable member. These four priorities are just an in-house way—the suggestion came from the personnel—to organize our work because we're constantly bombarded with so much. As you say, there are new technologies and new issues. So what do we decide to prioritize all the questions of privacy that come up? We chose these four. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act

    The House resumed from March 19 consideration of the motion that Bill C-55, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, be read the third time and passed.

    March 20, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 641
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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      Green
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      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Bloc
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
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    March 20, 2013
  • Photo of François Choquette
    François Choquette spoke about Government Orders > The Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I will not do this often but they need to be given credit where credit is due. To be honest, the Conservatives sometimes get things right. Not often, but if they will allow us to vote in favour of their Bill, then we are going to do so. We are therefore going to support the Conservatives’ bill at third reading. I believe that the bill is balanced, as I have said before. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Choquette
    François Choquette spoke about Government Orders > The Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House today to speak to Bill C-55, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, which has been introduced in response to the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Tse. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé
    Sadia Groguhé spoke about Government Orders > The Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > The Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, it is important to recognize that the primary purpose of Bill C-55 is to enable, in a lawful fashion, a police officer or agency to intercept or listen in on a wiretap or a private conversation without a warrant. That is really what the bill is all about. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé
    Sadia Groguhé spoke about Government Orders > The Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for her question. Obviously I agree with what she says. In the case of Bill C-30, there was a lack of vision, a lack of consultation and a lack of transparency. Fortunately, this piece of legislation was scrapped. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Anne Minh-Thu Quach
    Anne Minh-Thu Quach spoke about Government Orders > The Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for her excellent discourse which once again was imbued with a certain sense of social justice. Speaking of justice, is she not concerned that this bill was drafted in reaction to Bill C-30 which was scrapped because it violated the right to privacy, further to a Supreme Court decision? ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé
    Sadia Groguhé spoke about Government Orders > The Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak on Bill C-55, An Act to amend the Criminal Code. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > The Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I have a very brief question in regard to Bill C-55. We have talked a great deal about it in the last couple of days. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Government Orders > The Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Saint-Lambert. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé
    Sadia Groguhé spoke about Government Orders > The Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I would first like to congratulate my colleague on his excellent speech. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Raymond Côté
    Raymond Côté spoke about Government Orders > The Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Drummond for his question. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Raymond Côté
    Raymond Côté spoke about Government Orders > The Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill C-55 on third reading today. We will now be able to witness the culmination of this process and, at last, correct a big problem in the Criminal Code. ... more

    March 19, 2013,   Parliament
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