Bill C-56

Combating Counterfeit Products Act

An Act to amend the Copyright Act and the Trade-marks Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

This bill was tabled by Christian Paradis 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

Activity Feed

  • Mr. Jean-Claude Ménard spoke

    First off, we received the proposal contained in Bill C-45 . In some ways, it's a fairly easy change to make because the total cost of the plan stays the same as far as we're concerned, except for new contributors. That cost, however, will materialize over time. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Jean-Claude Ménard (Chief Actuary, Office of the Chief Actuary, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions) spoke

    Mr. Chair, honourable members of the committee, good morning. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alain Giguère

    Thank you, but I am going to continue anyway in order to inform everyone, since there are people entering and leaving the room. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alain Giguère

    Mr. Chair, there will be three parts to my statement. The first concerns the text of the motion you have before you. My second point will be about the philosophy of law, and thirdly, I will conclude with an analogy. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Michelle Rempel

    Madam Chair, again, pointing to relevancy on page 1049 of O'Brien and Bosc, I believe the committee recommended to the House on April 23, 2013, that it be granted the power to expand the scope of the bill during its consideration of Bill C-425 . Therefore, the committee is waiting for the decision of the House before further consideration of the bill. Therefore, the motion put in front of the committee is to extend the time in which the bill will be considered in order to accommodate exactly what my colleague is talking about. Therefore, given that she, according to my understanding, is agreeing with the content therein, I would also argue relevancy on her current line of debate.

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rathika Sitsabaiesan

    Absolutely, Madam Chair. Maybe I should clarify. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, it is nice to have that level of civility. I congratulate my friend across the way. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hélène LeBlanc
    Hélène LeBlanc spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague, who does an excellent job as our science and technology critic. He raised a very important point about good intentions. Having good intentions is commendable. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Harris
    Dan Harris spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act > Bill S-16--Time Allocation Motion

    Mr. Speaker, I thank everyone for their impassioned speeches today. I have a couple of questions for the minister. This is where we come up with new, unforeseen circumstances and situations when we are ramming through all these bills. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Alan Latourelle spoke

    Thank you. It will be faster. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandre Boulerice
    Alexandre Boulerice spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, I can barely contain my emotions as I rise in the House because I know that the entire nation is hanging on my every word as I weigh in on this important debate. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Allen
    Mike Allen spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Yes, I might want to go to the industry committee now. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Allen
    Mike Allen spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is great to have the opportunity to speak to Bill C-56. I want to thank my colleagues from Durham, Vancouver South, York Centre, Kitchener—Waterloo and Don Valley West who also commented on the bill. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, the enthusiasm is overwhelming. I am moved. Especially considering that we are coming to the midnight hour, the enthusiasm New Democrats have for the House of Commons, for democracy and even for debate is stirring and important, because there has been a certain lack of enthusiasm for debate coming from the Conservatives. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Choquette
    François Choquette spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, before beginning my speech, I would like to mention that I will be sharing my time with the House Leader of the Official Opposition, who is also the member for Skeena—Bulkley Valley. He is one of the members who works the hardest in the House of Commons. What is more, he is the most ardent defender of the rights of Canadians. The NDP is really proud of its parliamentary leader. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Carol Hughes
    Carol Hughes spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, certainly Bill C-56 is a better bill than previous bills we have seen the Conservatives table. Since the bill basically creates new and significant ex officio powers for border officials, can the member tell me how much money is being invested in the training of these officials? It is obvious that these are specialized areas, so if he could answer that I would appreciate it.

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hélène LeBlanc
    Hélène LeBlanc spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, despite the gag order imposed on us, I am very pleased with our discussion because it gives us the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the implications of Bill C-56. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Braid
    Peter Braid spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, as the member of Parliament for Kitchener—Waterloo and as a member of the industry, science and technology committee, I am pleased to have the opportunity to rise this evening to speak to Bill C-56, the combating counterfeit products act, at second reading. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hélène LeBlanc
    Hélène LeBlanc spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very happy to rise and thank the member for Durham for his very informative and interesting speech. Speeches like his make me sad that the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons imposed time allocation on this very interesting debate. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Erin O'Toole
    Erin O'Toole spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for his very kind comments in welcoming me. While I physically sit on his side of the House, I am not from his side of the House, but I also appreciate my colleagues in all the seats in this place. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Erin O'Toole
    Erin O'Toole spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege to rise tonight to speak in support of Bill C-56, the combating counterfeit products act. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault
    Pierre-Luc Dusseault spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill C-56, on behalf of my riding of Sherbrooke. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with my colleague from Sherbrooke this evening. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Wai Young
    Wai Young spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, indeed that is the whole purpose of Bill C-56. It would give the government, the CBSA and the RCMP the tools that they need to seize and detain counterfeit goods as well as to protect Canadian businesses, innovation and jobs. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Wai Young
    Wai Young spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to the second reading of Bill C-56, the combating counterfeit products act, and to bring to the attention of the House: first, the risks presented to Canadian consumers by commercial counterfeiting; and second, to the problems this creates for businesses that employ Canadians. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
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