Bill C-6

Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

An Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of postal services

This bill was tabled by Lisa Raitt on June 21, 2011.

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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

Royal Assent

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  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Government Orders > Extension of Sitting Hours

    Mr. Speaker, I apologize for interrupting my colleague just at the beginning of his speech on the justification for the motion that he has just presented to the House, but we have a point of order that we need to raise because I think it establishes a couple of important things for you, as Speaker, to determine before we get into the context and the particulars of this motion. ... more

    May 21, 2013,   Parliament
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    Kellie Leitch spoke about Government Orders > Continuation and Resumption of Rail Service Operations Legislation

    Mr. Speaker, I am here today to ask the House to support the quick passage of an act to provide for the continuation and resumption of rail service operations. ... more

    May 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Simms
    Scott Simms spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Closure and Time Allocation

    Mr. Speaker, there was some confusion earlier about the fact that no bill has received royal assent. For the record, since the election, Bill C-2, C-3, C-6, C-8, C-9, several bills have received royal assent. I do not know where that confusion is coming from. ... more

    Nov. 25, 2011,   Parliament
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    Barry Devolin spoke about Royal Assent > Message from the Senate

    I have the honour to inform the House that when the House did attend Her Honour, the deputy of His Excellency the Governor General in the Senate chamber, Her Honour was pleased to give, in Her Majesty's name, the royal assent to the following bills: ... more

    June 27, 2011,   Parliament
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    Barry Devolin spoke about Royal Assent > Message from the Senate
    June 27, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jack Harris
    Jack Harris spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Madam Chair, there is an awful lot wrong with the bill. In fact, everything from the title, which is An Act to provide for the resumption and continuation of postal services, to the coming into force, the last clause, is wrong. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Madam Chair, I would urge members of this committee to think about even one small change in the way Bill C-6 is now drafted. This is reasonable. It is the Canada Labour Code, and greater flexibility in the hands of the arbitrator makes so much sense. I would hope that committee members might rethink this and that we would not just vote as a bloc again.

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • The Chair spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    (On Clause 9) ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • The Chair spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Order, please. I would like to open this session of the committee of the whole on Bill C-6 by making a short statement about the proceedings. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sana Hassainia
    Sana Hassainia spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, first of all, I would like to take a few moments to recognize all of my colleagues who are here in the House and have been up for 30 or 40 hours now, who are here to continue to fight for our party’s values and to defend the interests of Canadian workers and families. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
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    Gerry Byrne spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, allow me to join with my colleague in saying that information has just been received that a member of the Canadian armed forces has been found dead in Afghanistan. We sincerely convey our deepest regrets and sincere sympathies to the family. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Wladyslaw Lizon
    Wladyslaw Lizon spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, I wonder whether the hon. member for Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot read Bill C-6 because I do not really understand what we are arguing about. If we were arguing about a specific thing, it should be very clear. We are hearing stories about the labour movement in Canada at the beginning of the 20th century, but at this moment we should be focused on the bill we are debating in the House.

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joy Smith
    Joy Smith spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, over these past hours I have been listening very carefully to all sides of this debate. It is a very sad day for Canada when we see the suffering that is happening outside of these walls, out on the streets in our cities and rural areas across this nation, because the mail is being held up. Businesses are being hurt. In here, everybody knows, as Canadians know, that the reason this is happening is that the opposition is putting in place every roadblock possible. In fact, one of my constituents called and said, “This is going to be a fine example of what an opposition could do if it ever got into government, and it never will.” ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
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    Linda Duncan spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, I could not agree more. We of course can select the information we put before the House. Some members chose to put forward those kinds of remarks and I think they are regrettable. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Raymond Côté
    Raymond Côté spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, unfortunately, the members opposite have refused to explain the merits of Bill C-6. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jack Harris
    Jack Harris spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have an opportunity--on Thursday afternoon, June 23, 2011, according to the calendar right in front of me--to speak to the House and to Canadians who may be watching. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Claude Gravelle
    Claude Gravelle spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise once again to speak to this critical issue that is before the House of Commons. Like my colleagues, I have taken my place here to represent my party during this historic debate; however, I found that even when I am not here my TV is on and I am listening with continued interest to this debate. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
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    Wayne Marston spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, you were not in the Chair earlier when people thanked the Speakers in this place for the duty you are performing for this House. I want to thank you for the many hours you are putting in. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
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    Raymond Côté spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, from the outset, one of the Conservatives’ arguments has been that it was necessary to consider the economic stakes associated with the labour dispute at Canada Post. I am in complete agreement with them that this is something very important. What I deplore, on the other hand, is that in the context of the debate they have not taken the time to explain the full details of all the ins and outs of this economic damage. They have been content with generalities, with simply spouting slogans and constantly repeating the same questions. This is deplorable. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Claude Patry
    Claude Patry spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, it was reported on the news this morning that this debate has been going on in the House of Commons for close to 50 hours, and that this was a record. I would have liked to see us agree on a settlement after going at it for 50 hours. What has happened between Canada Post and CUPW is a complete failure. When parties are unable to sit down and negotiate and when a dispute results in a strike or lockout, I call that a failure. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pat Martin
    Pat Martin spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is now my turn to kill 10 minutes, so I am going to set about doing that. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kellie Leitch
    Kellie Leitch spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Mr. Speaker, I listened intently to the member's comments talking about the future and really that distant future. I am actually a surgeon by training and this bill does not need the three, four or five days of labour; it needs a C-section. We need to move rapidly and ensure that we do things for Canadians and for Canadian businesses today. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hélène LeBlanc
    Hélène LeBlanc spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Madam Speaker, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the people in my riding of LaSalle—Émard and tell them how it feels to be away from my riding to discuss issues that are very dear to me. I would imagine that every member in the House feels the same way. I want to repeat how incredibly proud I am to be part of a team that is standing up to protect the fundamental rights of workers. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Dionne Labelle
    Pierre Dionne Labelle spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Madam Speaker, I am pleased to see that the members opposite are all in fine form this morning. I am also pleased to see so many ministers here. It is comforting to know that the government truly wants to end this crisis in an honourable way. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peggy Nash
    Peggy Nash spoke about Government Orders > Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act

    Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise and speak in the debate on Bill C-6. We are now in almost the 39th hour of debate on the bill. There are about 46 hours left before mail service could resume on Monday morning. The government does not have to pass this bill to have that service resume. In fact, Canada Post workers have volunteered to go back today. They could go back within the hour if Canada Post, with the support of the government, would take the locks off postal stations and post offices around the country. We could have our mail resumed and postal workers could go back to work if the locks were taken off. We still have lots of time to encourage the government and Canada Post to do what is right and resume our postal service. ... more

    June 25, 2011,   Parliament
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