Bill S-17

Tax Conventions Implementation Act, 2013

An Act to implement conventions, protocols, agreements and a supplementary convention, concluded between Canada and Namibia, Serbia, Poland, Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Switzerland, for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes

This bill was tabled by on May 9, 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
  • spoke about Government Orders > Conventions Implementation Act, 2013
    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Rajotte
    James Rajotte spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Finance

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the 21st report of the Standing Committee on Finance on Bill S-17, An Act to implement conventions, protocols, agreements and a supplementary convention, concluded between Canada and Namibia, Serbia, Poland, Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Switzerland, for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Rajotte

    Mr. Hsu, do you have a comment on clause by clause? Okay. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Brigitte Alepin spoke

    I said in the opening statement, as you said, that I do not support Bill S-17. But at the close of my statement, I said that although I do not support it, I do realize that all the energy we are investing in trying to implement this system and the energy we are investing in trying to oppose it, as we presently do, may be a waste of time, considering the fact that maybe we should proceed in another way if we really want to stop this unfair system, whereby only a small group of taxpayers can take legal advantage of tax havens.

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Shelly Glover

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Murray Rankin

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Prof. Arthur Cockfield spoke

    I am. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Rajotte

    It's dealing with exchange of information. It's article 25 in Bill S-17. It's in schedule 1.

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Rajotte

    Merci, Monsieur Deneault. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Murray Rankin

    Thank you. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. H. David Rosenbloom spoke

    Thank you. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Dennis Howlett (Executive Director, Canadians for Tax Fairness) spoke

    Thank you for the opportunity to share my views on Bill S-17. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Brigitte Alepin (Chartered Accountant, Tax Expert, Tax Policy Specialist, Author, As an Individual) spoke

    Good morning. Thank you for the invitation. It's a privilege to be here today to talk about the merits of Bill S-17. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Rajotte

    I call this meeting back to order. I want to thank our witnesses for appearing on very short notice. The committee appreciates that very much. With respect to our study of Bill S-17, we have five witnesses before us. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Murray Rankin

    Okay. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Murray Rankin

    I ask because some experts have said that they're really quite ineffective—and when we hear from them, I'm going to ask them this same question. “You don't know what to ask for, so how are you going to get anything back?” That's their simple position. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Alain Castonguay (Senior Chief, Tax Treaties, Department of Finance) spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Rajotte

    I call to order meeting number 129 of the Standing Committee on Finance. ... 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 Jasbir Sandhu
    Jasbir Sandhu spoke about Government Orders > Tax Conventions Implementation Act, 2013

    That is still missing. We do not even know about the $3.1 billion. We have asked, and we will keep asking. Hopefully in a few weeks, we will hear. The Conservatives have the whole summer to figure out where that $3.1 billion is. We are going to give them the summer to figure out if they can find that $3.1 billion. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jasbir Sandhu
    Jasbir Sandhu spoke about Government Orders > Tax Conventions Implementation Act, 2013

    Mr. Speaker, I will try to sum up my thoughts for my constituency in the 16 minutes I have. It is an honour to speak to Bill S-17 on behalf of my constituents of Surrey North. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Chungsen Leung
    Chungsen Leung spoke about Government Orders > Tax Conventions Implementation Act, 2013

    Mr. Speaker, I am thankful for this opportunity to speak at second reading of Bill S-17. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of John Carmichael
    John Carmichael spoke about Government Orders > Tax Conventions Implementation Act, 2013

    Mr. Speaker, I have to reject the premise on which my hon. colleague placed his question. First, he talked about $90,000 of taxpayer money. The understanding of the House, to the best of our knowledge and the information we have, is that was paid by a private individual. It is being addressed through audits and through various sources, including the ethics commissioner, and those issues will be addressed. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
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