Bill S-15

Expansion and Conservation of Canada’s National Parks Act

An Act to amend the Canada National Parks Act and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act and to make consequential amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001

This bill was tabled by on May 2, 2013.

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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

Third Reading

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  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Royal Assent

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

    June 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > Expansion and Conservation of Canada’s National Parks Act

    Mr. Speaker, I move: ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
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    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke about Government Orders > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, there has been consultation among the parties and I believe it is possible that you could find unanimous consent for the following motion: ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Environment and Sustainable Development

    Mr. Speaker, there have been consultations among the parties and I am hopeful that you could find unanimous consent for the following motion: ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht
    Harold Albrecht spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Environment and Sustainable Development

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the eighth report of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    Thank you very much. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Kent
    Peter Kent spoke

    Certainly I look forward, I hope in the very near future—and thank you for your consideration of Bill S-15, as I said at the beginning—to bringing any new proposed legislation before the committee for consideration.

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Michelle Rempel

    Mr. Chair, the preamble to Bill S-15 is not repeated in the provincial legislation, so it would only apply to the federal act. The proposed amendment calls on the Government of Nova Scotia to, in part, not use Bill S-15 as a precedent for creating new national parks in areas of oil and gas exploration, or allowing oil and gas exploration in any new national parks. This subject matter is not germane to the province of Nova Scotia. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    I will give my ruling at this point. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Michelle Rempel

    This will shock you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kirsty Duncan

    This is a review clause. It would require Parliament, most likely a committee, to study not only the operation of this act but also the working relationship between Parks Canada and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    I think we're ready for my ruling; at least that's my impression. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    I have a ruling on amendment MAY-4 as well. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    I do have a ruling on it, but is there debate first? ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    I call the committee back to order, please. We're going to move to clause-by-clause consideration of Bill S-15. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Michelle Rempel

    It's actually quite a large area in and around the island itself, which is remarkable, as this is a park—the point made by Ms. Leslie—that's in an active petroleum development field. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Michelle Rempel

    I guess the point I'm trying to make is that the protection that Bill S-15 affords to Sable Island is greater than just the island itself.

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Zoe Lucas spoke

    In the mid-1990s, I became involved in the campaign to address the long-term problem of securing government commitment for support of the Sable Island station. This involved working with the Ecology Action Centre and Mark Butler. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Alison Woodley (National Conservation Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) spoke

    Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Stuart Pinks (Chief Executive Officer, Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board) spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair and members of the committee, for the invitation to appear before the committee this evening. I'll try to jump through my speaking notes which I think all of you have copies of, and try to hit some of the highlights to try to meet the five-minute time commitment. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Harold Albrecht

    I'd like to call the meeting of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development to order. We're in meeting number 82. ... 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 Kirsty Duncan

    Thanks, Ms. Rempel. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
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