Bill S-2

Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

An Act respecting family homes situated on First Nation reserves and matrimonial interests or rights in or to structures and lands situated on those reserves

This bill was tabled by on Sept. 29, 2011.

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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

First 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 Wai Young
    Wai Young spoke about Statements By Members > Aboriginal Affairs

    Mr. Speaker, today I rise to mark a historic moment in this place. When our government passed Bill S-2, the family homes on reserves and matrimonial interests or rights act, shamefully, the Liberals and the New Democrats voted against this important legislation, which would give women and children living on first nations reserves the same matrimonial rights and protections as all Canadians. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Niki Ashton
    Niki Ashton spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, I certainly want to thank my colleague for his compliments on the beauty of my constituency and northern Manitoba. It is indeed true. ... more

    June 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Niki Ashton
    Niki Ashton spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak in opposition to Bill S-6, yet another bill that the Conservative government is putting forward about which first nations have a great deal of concern. Certainly he NDP believes it is a serious matter and that first nations voices, like on any issue that pertains to them directly or indirectly, must be heard. ... more

    June 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Royal Galipeau
    Royal Galipeau spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is probably paragraph (c). ... more

    June 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Laurin Liu
    Laurin Liu spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, once again, the Conservatives are trying to put together a positive approach to their relations with first nations, but they will not change course and refuse to engage in nation-to-nation dialogue. ... more

    June 14, 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 Francis Scarpaleggia
    Francis Scarpaleggia spoke about Government Orders > Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act

    Mr. Speaker, I absolutely do. When a government puts a budget together, there are choices to be made. Sometimes these are difficult choices, but they have to be made. We are dealing with some rather significant public safety challenges, so perhaps now is not the time to be reducing public safety budgets, including the RCMP's, among others. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Marc Garneau
    Marc Garneau spoke about Government Orders > Combatting Counterfeit Products Act > Bill C-56—Time Allocation Motion

    Mr. President, we want to clarify something on this side of the House, as we have done for several other bills in recent weeks. What we want to tell this government is that some bills introduced many years ago have been delayed for reasons that are quite clear. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kelly Block
    Kelly Block spoke about Oral Questions > Aboriginal Affairs

    Mr. Speaker, in a remote aboriginal community, when it is the middle of the night and it is 30 degrees below zero, and a women has been violently assaulted, it is absolutely necessary that she receive the same protection as all other Canadians. That is exactly why our government introduced Bill S-2, which will allow enforcement emergency protection orders, but yesterday, the Liberal leader shamefully whipped his caucus to vote against it. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Moore
    James Moore spoke about Oral Questions > Ethics

    Mr. Speaker, of course, I agree with the first half of the first rendition of his question, where he said our government has indeed answered these questions. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

    The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill S-2, An Act respecting family homes situated on First Nation reserves and matrimonial interests or rights in or to structures and lands situated on those reserves, be read the third time and passed, and of the amendment

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Djaouida Sellah
    Djaouida Sellah spoke about Government Orders > Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

    Mr. Speaker, this bill is the fifth of its kind to be introduced by the government since 2008. The background on this issue has been given and we have debated it. Every time it has had the opportunity, the NDP has opposed the bill, and that is the case again here. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Julian
    Peter Julian spoke about Government Orders > Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Saint-Bruno—Saint-Hubert, who will be taking the second half of the speech on Bill S-2. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Wai Young
    Wai Young spoke about Government Orders > Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

    Mr. Speaker, that would be like saying that human beings cannot fly in an airplane. Just because things are sometimes difficult, it does not mean they are not the right thing to do, nor are they insurmountable. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dany Morin
    Dany Morin spoke about Government Orders > Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

    Mr. Speaker, Bill S-2 puts the onus on couples to resolve disputes in court, yet it does not improve access to provincial courts. In addition, it is difficult for the bill to be enforced, in a practical sense, in many first nations communities. It is unrealistic. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Wai Young
    Wai Young spoke about Government Orders > Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

    Mr. Speaker, one of the witnesses, Rolanda Manitowabi, said at committee that if this bill were in place, there would have been an option. In a situation where there is domestic violence or abusive behaviour, there are no choices. When she was thrown out of her home, she had no place to go; that was her home. To this day, she continues to pay for that home. If this bill had been in place, it would have given her an option for some place to go with her children. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Wai Young
    Wai Young spoke about Government Orders > Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

    Mr. Speaker, as a member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, I am pleased to speak today in support of Bill S-2, family homes on reserves and matrimonial interests or rights act. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

    The House resumed from June 10, consideration of the motion that Bill S-2, An Act respecting family homes situated on First Nation reserves and matrimonial interests or rights in or to structures and lands situated on those reserves, be read the third time and passed, and of the amendment.

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Niki Ashton
    Niki Ashton spoke about Government Orders > Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

    Mr. Speaker, I certainly will not be retracting any comments that I made and I would encourage the member and his colleagues across to come and visit the first nations in my area and spend time with the first nations that they represent. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jason Kenney
    Jason Kenney spoke about Government Orders > Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

    Mr. Speaker, I found some of those remarks frankly outrageous and inflammatory, that the member suggested that any one government has “sought“ to “impoverish” and “marginalize” people. In this place we might disagree about means, but surely we do not believe that any member of this House seeks to impoverish or marginalize Canadians. Perhaps the member, on sober reconsideration, would retract that. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Niki Ashton
    Niki Ashton spoke about Government Orders > Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very honoured to rise in the House to speak on behalf of so many of my constituents and first nations people across Canada who have vehemently opposed Bill S-2. ... more

    June 11, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 748
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    June 11, 2013
  • Vote 747
    That the motion be amended by deleting all the words after the word “That” and substituting the following: “the House decline to give third reading to Bill S-2, An Act respecting family homes situated on First ... more
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    June 11, 2013
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