Bill S-16

Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in contraband tobacco)

This bill was tabled by on March 19, 2013.

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Status of this Bill

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of André Bellavance
    André Bellavance spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be able to participate in this debate about the terrible scourge of contraband tobacco. ... more

    June 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Lapointe
    François Lapointe spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, sometimes the debate shifted away from the main subject of the bill. ... more

    June 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Lois Brown
    Lois Brown spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to be here tonight to speak to Bill S-16, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in contraband tobacco). ... more

    June 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Christine Moore
    Christine Moore spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I asked my colleague a question earlier and said that I quit smoking 10 days ago. I appreciate the warm applause I received from most of the members in the House. I think that if everyone got that kind of encouragement when they quit smoking, far more people would do it and feel motivated. I wanted to thank my colleagues before starting my speech. ... more

    June 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Bezan
    James Bezan spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to speak in favour of Bill S-16, an act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in contraband tobacco). ... more

    June 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Paul Dewar
    Paul Dewar spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am glad the member was listening, because it is important for him to know of the dependence of the government on the Senate. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Paul Dewar
    Paul Dewar spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to join with my colleagues in debate on Bill S-16, a bill to amend the Criminal Code to deal with contraband trafficking in tobacco. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the member's comments on Bill S-16. I think it is an important bill, moving forward. However, what is it about the NDP members that, whenever they agree with the pith and substance of a bill, they always say there was not enough consultation? ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Chisholm
    Robert Chisholm spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, let me just say right here, right now, how proud I am of my colleague for having dropped the evil weed. Good for her, because it is important to us, it is important to her family and it is important to anyone who knows her that she be around as long as she possibly can, and that will be extended if she is not smoking tobacco. Good for her. I know I and my colleagues here in this caucus will do everything to support her in those efforts. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Chisholm
    Robert Chisholm spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I have been in politics now for 16 years and so I am obviously, by nature, an optimist. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Chisholm
    Robert Chisholm spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to speak to Bill S-16. It is an important piece of legislation, as I indicated moments ago when I asked the minister a question. The question, of course, was with respect to resources, whether it be the RCMP or whichever police force is involved, and if these enforcement agencies would have the resources necessary to carry out the added responsibilities that are part of this legislation. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Chisholm
    Robert Chisholm spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the minister if he would give us some indication of the organizations that he and his department consulted with in order to develop Bill S-16. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill S-16, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in contraband tobacco), be read the second time and referred to a committee, and of the motion that this question be now put.

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rob Nicholson
    Rob Nicholson spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak on Bill S-16, the tackling contraband tobacco act. This bill is part of the government's continued commitment to taking steps to protect Canadians and make our streets and communities safer. It would fulfill our government's 2011 election policy platform commitment to reduce the problem of trafficking in contraband tobacco by introducing legislation that would establish mandatory jail time for repeat offenders trafficking in contraband tobacco. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to speak today to Bill S-16, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in contraband tobacco) and the proposed amendments to the Criminal Code to create a new offence of trafficking of contraband tobacco. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Randall Garrison
    Randall Garrison spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I want to start with a bit of personal history. Many lives were saved in my family by my grandfather. In 1964, there was the release of the report of the U.S. surgeon general on smoking and health. It was a U.S. report, yes, but a very influential one throughout North America. That report really changed opinion on smoking in North America. Before that report, there was still a debate about the dangers of smoking, which was fueled by the propaganda of the tobacco companies against the research that was beginning to show the serious harms to health. That report demonstrated a causal link for the first time with incontrovertible evidence that there was a 70% increase in mortality rates for smokers over non-smokers and a 9 to 10 times higher risk of lung cancer. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rick Norlock
    Rick Norlock spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, the first area of consultations is with our own constituents. In the last seven years, almost every second month someone has come to me and asked what I am going to do about the people who are selling illegal cigarettes out the back door and closing legal businesses, in particular the corner stores that we all go to on a Sunday afternoon when most of the big stores are closed, where we go to buy our chocolate bars or lottery tickets or whatever we are going to buy. These stores are drying up around my area, especially the little “mom and dad” operations that are not associated with the big chains. They are the people being put out of business by the sale of illegal cigarettes. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rick Norlock
    Rick Norlock spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to offer my support of Bill S-16, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in contraband tobacco). It is another example of the commitment of this government to the safety and security of Canadians. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mark Strahl
    Mark Strahl spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be sharing my time with the member for Northumberland—Quinte West. It is particularly apropos to be doing so. He is a former police officer who has served in remote northern communities, as many members in the Conservative caucus have. I believe there are 14 former police officers in our caucus, among them are the member for Northumberland—Quinte West, the member for Kootenay—Columbia, the member for Yukon, the Minister of International Cooperation. All of them have served this country well. They have put their lives on the line to protect ours. They certainly have the on-the-ground experience which the member for Churchill was just referring to, so I will certainly take my lead from the member for Northumberland—Quinte West and look forward to his speech. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Niki Ashton
    Niki Ashton spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill S-16, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in contraband tobacco). As has been stated very clearly, the NDP is in support of sending this bill to committee and having a closer look at it, a bill that aims to address a very serious issue. Contraband tobacco is an extremely serious problem, both in public health and safety and of the lost revenue for the various levels of government. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill S-16, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in contraband tobacco), be read the second time and referred to a committee, and of the motion that this question be now put.

    June 13, 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 Blaine Calkins
    Blaine Calkins spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am glad to rise in my place today and speak to this legislation. I would like to thank my colleague the member of Parliament for Barrie for sharing his time with me, for his excellent speech and for his support of the bill. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Patrick Brown
    Patrick Brown spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am sharing my time with the very hard-working member for Wetaskiwin. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
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