Bill S-12

Incorporation by Reference in Regulations

An Act to amend the Statutory Instruments Act and to make consequential amendments to the Statutory Instruments Regulations

This bill was tabled by on Oct. 18, 2012.

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Status of this Bill

Second Reading

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  • 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 Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, I do want to start by reviewing what our House has accomplished over the preceding five days since I last answered the Thursday question. ... more

    June 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, now that we have been sitting for a week under our Conservative government's plans for a harder-working, productive and orderly House of Commons, I would remind all hon. members of what we have been able to achieve since just Victoria Day. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Paul Calandra
    Paul Calandra spoke about Government Orders > Technical Tax Amendments Act, 2012

    Mr. Speaker, I am lucky, again, to rise today to speak to such an important bill before the House. Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to Bill S-12, an act to amend the Statutory Instruments Act, which was, of course, another very important piece of legislation we had before the House. That bill, like this one, was about red tape. It was about modernizing our system. ... more

    May 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Christopher Devlin spoke

    I love a question that asks me how I feel about something, because I have many feelings about referential incorporation that are spawned from section 88 of the Indian Act. I've never much liked that section, but it has been there for a long time in the Indian Act. In that situation, provinces can amend their motor vehicle legislation without giving any notice to the federal government and that legislation and regulations can apply on reserves under section 88 of the Indian Act. ... more

    May 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dennis Bevington

    Thank you, witnesses. It's a very interesting discussion. You brought up incorporation by reference, which is something that's in front of Parliament right now in Bill S-12. Under Bill S-12 there's provision for ambulatory reference. In other words, regulations changed by other bodies will apply to the regulations taken on. ... more

    May 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Armstrong
    Scott Armstrong spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am excited about this bill and excited about this piece of legislation. I am also excited to be batting cleanup tonight after tremendous speeches from my colleague from Fort McMurray—Athabasca, my colleague from Peace River and of course the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. I found their speeches compelling, invigorating, intense, effective and in-depth. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Chris Warkentin
    Chris Warkentin spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, Bill S-12 does exactly the opposite of what the member describes. In fact, the referencing of regulation happens as a normal practice within much legislation. It is a modern practice. It has been going on for years and years and it has become the regular practice. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, my colleague from Peace River eventually got around Bill S-12. However, I would like to ask him a question. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Murray Rankin
    Murray Rankin spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I have one question on the substance of Bill S-12, which is a bill to amend the Statutory Instruments Act to deal with ambulatory references and the like. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Chris Warkentin
    Chris Warkentin spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I do not want to impugn motives on my colleagues, but anytime they hear about the oil and gas industry or farming or the forestry sector, they want to shut down debate on those issues. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joe Comartin
    Joe Comartin spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    I will give the member for Peace River the recognition that he mentioned Bill S-12, but he has not spent more than about five seconds on that bill and a bunch of other things that have some indirect relevance. I will allow him to continue, but I would encourage him to begin to address at least some comments to the bill that is before the House for debate this evening.

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé
    Sadia Groguhé spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to interrupt my colleague's speech, which is completely irrelevant. We are discussing Bill S-12, and he has yet to mention it in his speech. I would ask that you call him to order.

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Paul Calandra
    Paul Calandra spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I cannot tell you how relieved I am to have the opportunity to speak to this bill. I was not sure when it first came up that I wanted to speak to it, but I started to receive a lot of calls and emails from concerned Canadians, Semhar Tekeste. She said to me that I had to get in and speak to this bill and that it was very, very important. She called me so many times today. She emailed me a number of times and said that I had to get into the House and talk about this bill. She said specifically that Bill S-12, an act to amend the Statutory Instruments Act and to make consequential amendments to the statutory instruments regulations is very important, and she wanted me to come in here and speak to it. The more I looked at it, the more I thought to myself that it is a very important bill. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé
    Sadia Groguhé spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would first like to commend my colleague on his excellent speech, which shed a great deal of light on Bill S-12. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Malcolm Allen
    Malcolm Allen spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to join this debate, although at times it can seem rather obtuse and obscure. There are all kinds of adjectives, I suppose, to describe it from the perspective of even parliamentarians who may not be as well versed as my colleague from Hamilton Mountain around the idea of regulatory change and what those regulatory statutes actually mean. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jinny Sims
    Jinny Sims spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to rise to speak tonight in support of Bill S-12, an act to amend the Statutory Instruments Act and to make consequential amendments to the statutory instruments regulations. New Democrats are supporting this bill at this stage, so it can go to committee to be clarified and big questions that are being asked can be answered. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Christopherson
    David Christopherson spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to join in the debate on Bill S-12, from that other place. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Laurin Liu
    Laurin Liu spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I know that my hon. colleague has a lot to say. It is unfortunate that he gets only 10 or 20 minutes to speak in the House. I have a question for him about Bill S-12. ... more

    May 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise this evening to address this bill. I have never had the honour of sitting on the statutory instruments regulations committee. It sounds as if it might be a very interesting committee. I do find it most fascinating that the government has chosen to use this particular bill, given that we are allocated four or five hours, which is probably more hours of debate than for many other pieces of legislation. However, at the end of the day, it is going to be interesting. I suspect that we might see differing opinions. We in the Liberal Party have a great deal of concern with regard to this bill. We cannot see ourselves supporting it at this time, and we will have to wait and see what happens at committee stage and see if the government is going to be able to address the issues. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mark Strahl
    Mark Strahl spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is going to be the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations that will continue to monitor when these changes come forward. It is important to know as well, as he mentioned, the ambulatory versus the static or the static versus dynamic. There are certain statutes or laws where certainly having an ambulatory reference would not be appropriate. That is clearly laid out here. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for his speech. He currently serves on the scrutiny of regulations committee, and he is doing a great job there. His presentation tonight was very precise as well. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mark Strahl
    Mark Strahl spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the official opposition House leader, who I think has proved that a member of Parliament should be able to rise and give a 20-minute speech on anything at any time. He certainly did that well. I know his constituents and mine are seized with this issue and are glad that we are debating it here today. I am thankful that there is some time before the nightly playoff hockey will start so people can watch both this debate and that, later on. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to be here this evening with everyone to discuss Bill S-12 on existing rules for many products and on very specific and even very technical issues. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke about Government Orders > Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the member's previous support of my changes to the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act. ... more

    May 23, 2013,   Parliament
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