Bill C-7

Senate Reform Act

An Act respecting the selection of senators and amending the Constitution Act, 1867 in respect of Senate term limits

This bill was tabled by Tim Uppal on June 22, 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

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion—The Senate

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to address my question to Bill C-7 and what is being described in this chamber as though it is Senate reform. I think it is actually a series of half measures that make a dog's breakfast and we cannot call that Senate reform. It would mandate provinces with no help for their expenses to hold elections for senators. ... more

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • 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
  • Photo of Peter MacKay
    Peter MacKay spoke about Government Orders > Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act

    moved that Bill C-15, An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be read the third time and passed. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joe Preston
    Joe Preston spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Senate

    The member is right. Instead of talking about jobs and the economy, we are talking about a topic that the NDP believes will add some political oomph. ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joe Preston
    Joe Preston spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Senate

    Mr. Speaker, thanks for the fair warning about the amount of time. I am sure I will be warned before it is over; I love the signals that are given by the chair. ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandrine Latendresse
    Alexandrine Latendresse spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Senate

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my excellent colleague, the member for Hamilton Centre, for his passionate speech. It is always a pleasure to listen to him speak. We can see how passionate he is and that he is motivated to change our country for the better. When we share our time and work with people like him, we can see that it is possible to make this kind of reform. ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Tom Lukiwski
    Tom Lukiwski spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Senate

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to be here today to debate a topic that is quite relevant in today's society, inasmuch as it seems that the Senate has been dominating the news cycle for the last month or so. A lot of Canadians will be interested to hear what members of the chamber have to say about the relevance of the Senate and whether it should be abolished, as the NDP suggests, or be reformed, as our government is proposing. ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Senate

    Mr. Speaker, I am very concerned that the democratic deficit in this place could be more urgently handled by focusing on those things that do not require opening the Constitution, such as removing the requirement for a leader to sign nomination papers and reducing the excess and unhealthy power of the PMO. However, when I look at Bill C-7, I do not see Senate reform. I see a dog's breakfast that would require the provinces to hold elections to different standards, different fundraising rules for a list of people who could be potentially appointed by the Prime Minister. ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Michael Chong
    Michael Chong spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Senate

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the NDP member for his question. ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Matthew Dubé
    Matthew Dubé spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Senate

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his speech. He made some good arguments, even if we do not agree, but there is a major problem with what he said. ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Michael Chong
    Michael Chong spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Senate

    Mr. Speaker, I am rising today to speak to the NDP opposition motion in front of us today in the House. I will read it for the benefit of people who are watching this debate. The proposed motion states: ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Tim Uppal
    Tim Uppal spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Senate

    Mr. Speaker, I stand in the House this morning to join in the debate on a motion put forward by the member for Toronto—Danforth. ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandrine Latendresse
    Alexandrine Latendresse spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Senate

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by wholeheartedly thanking the member for Toronto—Danforth for his speech and the work he does on this file, be it on democratic reform or the issue of what should be done with the Senate. ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Craig Scott
    Craig Scott spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Senate

    moved: ... more

    March 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, this afternoon we will continue debating third reading of Bill C-42, the enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police accountability act, a bill that would give the RCMP the tools it needs to strengthen accountability and enhance public trust. I am puzzled why the NDP is putting up member after member to delay and block bringing accountability to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The New Democrats should let the bill come to a final vote so that these much-needed reforms can be put in place. In fact, the RCMP commissioner, Robert Paulson, was in front of the committee yesterday, and he called for swift passage of the bill. ... more

    Feb. 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Thomas Mulcair
    Thomas Mulcair spoke about Oral Questions > Democratic Reform

    Mr. Speaker, a few minutes ago the Prime Minister turned around to his House leader to get information on Bill C-7. He might have looked at the wrong date, because it was indeed on February 27 that the bill was last debated, but that is today; it was one year ago today that we actually debated the bill for the last time. The Conservatives have done nothing in the meantime. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stephen Harper
    Stephen Harper spoke about Oral Questions > Employment Insurance

    Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is wondering where the Senate reform is. It is contained in Bill C-7. Senate reform bills have been before the House since we took office. The NDP has blocked this bill 17 times. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, I rise here today to ask the hon. Leader of the Government in the House of Commons what his government plans to debate for the rest of the week and when we return after the constituency week. ... more

    Feb. 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Shawn Barber spoke

    Will Bill S-9 be delayed as Bill C-7

    Feb. 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Craig Scott
    Craig Scott spoke about Oral Questions > Democratic Reform

    Mr. Speaker, when it comes to Senate reform, the last time the Conservatives brought Bill C-7 for debate was a year ago. Never mind that they have let essentially the same bill languish for seven years. ... more

    Feb. 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stéphane Dion
    Stéphane Dion spoke about Oral Questions > Democratic Reform

    Mr. Speaker, the Senate reform bill, Bill C-7, is a unilateral attempt to impose on Canada a stalemate between two elected chambers in addition to terribly under-represented Alberta and British Columbia. Dangerous for Canada, the whole plan is on shaky constitutional grounds. ... more

    Feb. 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Tim Uppal
    Tim Uppal spoke about Government Orders > Political Loans Accountability Act

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the co-operation we have had to move the bill along to the committee stage where all parties will be able to work on it. This is a great step. I would ask if we could have the same type of co-operation on other bills. It would be very constructive. ... more

    Sept. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Tim Uppal
    Tim Uppal spoke about Government Orders > Political Loans Accountability Act

    Mr. Speaker, my colleague made a very good speech and provided an explanation of the bill as well. ... more

    Sept. 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stéphane Dion
    Stéphane Dion spoke about Oral Questions > Democratic Reform

    Mr. Speaker, I hope to finally get a real answer to a question here today. ... more

    Sept. 21, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, I am not quite as enthusiastic as the member for Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, but I will try. ... more

    June 7, 2012,   Parliament
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