Bill S-10

Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

An Act to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions

This bill was tabled by on April 26, 2012.

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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.

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Committee Report Presented

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  • Photo of Libby Davies
    Libby Davies spoke about Government Orders > Fighting Foreign Corruption Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House today to speak to Bill S-14, an act to amend the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, and as we are debating this at second reading, it still has to go to committee. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Paul Dewar
    Paul Dewar spoke about Government Orders > Fighting Foreign Corruption Act

    Mr. Speaker, I did not mean to exercise the minister to the extent that he seems to be so exercised. I simply made a comment. I did not mention one senator. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Paul Dewar
    Paul Dewar spoke about Government Orders > Fighting Foreign Corruption Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak, yet again, to Bill S-14. We on this side of the House have mentioned before that we support the bill. We believe that we could go further, as I mentioned in my comments and questions to the parliamentary secretary. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
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    Stephen Woodworth spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Cluster Munitions

    Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by about 175 people from southern Ontario who are concerned about the convention on cluster munitions. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, this time last week, I said that I hoped to have a substantial list of accomplishments to report to the House. Indeed, I do. ... 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 Pat Martin
    Pat Martin spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Cluster Munitions

    Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present today. The first one is signed by hundreds of people from my own riding in Winnipeg Centre. They largely draw the attention of the House of Commons to the fact that cluster munitions are morally and ethically reprehensible. They criticize Bill S-10, saying that it contains language that results in loopholes and exceptions, which run counter to the object and purpose of the treaty and undermine its spirit and intent. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    The House resumed from June 11 consideration of the motion that Bill S-10, An Act to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 753
    That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.
    • In favour 100%
      Green
    • In favour 100%
      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Bloc
    • Against 99%
      NDP
    • In favour 100%
      Conservative
    June 12, 2013
  • Photo of Libby Davies
    Libby Davies spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, I cannot help but begin by drawing attention to the fact that, yet again, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons rose in the House a few minutes ago and sought unanimous consent to rush through another government bill. Of course, he failed to get unanimous consent, so he served notice that the government intends to bring in time allocation. I would point out that it will be the 46th time that it has happened with the Conservative government, which is a record among all governments. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill S-10, An Act to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave Van Kesteren
    Dave Van Kesteren spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege for me to rise tonight and speak on this very important topic of the prohibiting cluster munitions act. This bill, which has received a significant amount of debate this evening, represents just one aspect of our government's commitment to addressing the humanitarian consequences and unacceptable harm to civilians caused by remnants of war, including cluster munitions. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bob Dechert
    Bob Dechert spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise this evening to participate in the second reading debate of Bill S-10, the prohibiting cluster munitions act. I am pleased to hear from some who have already spoken about why the convention on cluster munitions is needed so urgently and why it is important that the House pass Bill S-10 quickly. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
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    Libby Davies spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is really disingenuous to have a government member ask another member to in basically 30 seconds compare a piece of legislation to two other countries. It is absurd. We are here today debating this legislation the government has put forward as compared to the treaty. That is what is important. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bob Dechert
    Bob Dechert spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am going to ask the member a question that I asked her colleague who spoke previously. Her colleague, unfortunately, was unable to answer the question, I suspect because she had not taken the time to look at the U.K. or the Australian legislation which she said compared better to Canada, in terms of the interoperability provisions of section 11. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Isabelle Morin
    Isabelle Morin spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, tonight we are examining a bill that comes to us from the Senate, Bill S-10, an Act to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
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    Bob Dechert spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, the hon. member talked about clause 11 of Bill S-10, and I wonder if she could take us through it. I would like her to be very specific on the related provisions in the Australian legislation and the United Kingdom legislation, and tell us, in her opinion, in a very detailed way, how those provisions differ in terms of interoperability with the provisions of clause 11 in Bill S-10. I would like specific answers to those questions.

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Francine Raynault
    Francine Raynault spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will share my speaking time with the member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
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    Lois Brown spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, when one talks about ideology, I just heard the longest 15-minute rant on ideology that we have heard in the House tonight. The member does not understand that word. She needs to go and look it up. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ève Péclet
    Ève Péclet spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to this very important bill. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Annick Papillon
    Annick Papillon spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would first like to say that I have the honour of sharing my time with the formidable member for La Pointe-de-l'Île, who does an outstanding job as deputy foreign affairs critic. We in the NDP will never be grateful enough to her. We are fortunate to have her. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Brian Storseth
    Brian Storseth spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to be here tonight to talk about such an important piece of legislation as Bill S-10. It is truly a piece of legislation that I have been waiting for since pre-2008. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pat Martin
    Pat Martin spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am not sure that we object to article 21 either. It is clause 11 that we find particular fault with. Article 21 states, “Each State Party shall encourage States not party to this Convention to ratify, accept, approve or accede to this Convention”. That is a good deal. “Each State Party shall notify the governments of all States not party to this Convention...of its obligations...shall promote the norms it establishes”, et cetera. That is a good deal. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Chris Alexander
    Chris Alexander spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, I hope we do get a chance to hear from the member for Toronto Centre again tonight. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hélène Laverdière
    Hélène Laverdière spoke about Government Orders > Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act

    Mr. Speaker, before beginning to discuss the bill in question, I too must protest as vehemently as possible against the process being followed here. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
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