Bill S-3

Federal Law–Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 3

A third Act to harmonize federal law with the civil law of Quebec and to amend certain Acts in order to ensure that each language version takes into account the common law and the civil law

This bill was tabled by on Sept. 30, 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

Royal Assent

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    Bob Rae spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion--Omnibus Legislation

    Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with my very distinguished colleague, the member for Saint-Laurent—Cartierville. ... more

    Oct. 16, 2012,   Parliament
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    Bruce Stanton spoke about Royal Assent

    Order, please. I have the honour to inform the House that a communication has been received as follows: ... more

    Nov. 29, 2011,   Parliament
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    Peter Van Loan spoke about Routine Proceedings > Federal Law–Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 3

    He said: Mr. Speaker, there have been discussions among the parties, and I believe you would find consent for the following motion. I move: ... more

    Nov. 23, 2011,   Parliament
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    Nov. 23, 2011,   Parliament
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    Rob Nicholson spoke about Routine Proceedings > Federal Law--Civil Law Harmonization Act No. 3
    Nov. 16, 2011,   Parliament
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    Bruce Stanton spoke about Government Orders > Message from the Senate

    Before we resume debate, I have the honour to inform the House that a message has been received from the Senate informing this House that the Senate has passed the following bill: ... more

    Nov. 15, 2011,   Parliament