Bill S-6

First Nations Elections Act

An Act respecting the election and term of office of chiefs and councillors of certain First Nations and the composition of council of those First Nations

This bill was tabled by on Dec. 7, 2011.

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  • 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.
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  • 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 Kyle Seeback
    Kyle Seeback spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would love to have a full 20 minutes to talk about this exceptional piece of legislation, but I will accept the six minutes we have left here today. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Brian Masse
    Brian Masse spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to contribute to the debate about this issue. It is a very important one for our aboriginal and first nations peoples. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Blake Richards
    Blake Richards spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, in an ideal world, there would be no need for debate on this bill. The outdated and paternalistic elements of the Indian Act governing first nations elections would no longer have any effect, because first nations would be universally self-governing. That is the goal we are all working toward. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rob Clarke
    Rob Clarke spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, under the current system and the current Indian Act, we see how first nations have to appeal the process. There are numerous funding mechanisms being utilized to address those corrupt or misleading elections. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rob Clarke
    Rob Clarke spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, under the Indian Act electoral system, election appeals are received and reviewed by departmental officials based on evidence gathered. If it is determined that there was a corrupt practice in connection with an election or that there was a violation of the rules that might have affected the results of the election, the minister may recommend that the Governor in Council set aside the election. In the event of a finding of a corrupt practice, the minister may also remove elected officials and prevent them from being candidates in future elections for a period of up to five years. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rob Clarke
    Rob Clarke spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, having lived and worked in first nations communities and witnessed first nations elections, what I have seen throughout the process, specifically under the outdated Indian Act, which goes back to 1876, is that there is a lot of corruption. I have seen first nations chiefs, past and present, campaign during their elections and provide funding or, if I could put it more bluntly, bribes of $50 to $100. There has to be some mechanism that looks at that problem. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rob Clarke
    Rob Clarke spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate this opportunity to add my voice in support of this very worthy legislation, which would see the federal government stop meddling in first nations' electoral affairs, which rightly rest with those communities. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Suspension of Sitting > Sitting Resumed

    (The House resumed at 12 noon) ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Michelle Rempel
    Michelle Rempel spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time. ... more

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

    Mr. Speaker, I would encourage the member across the way to read the submissions made by first nations leaders from across Canada, when this bill was before committee, and to consider the very serious concerns they brought forward with regard to the very issue the member raised. ... more

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

    Mr. Speaker, the member for Churchill is suggesting that the NDP is opposing this bill because of legislation that would provide a minister with the power to bring first nations into the first nations elections act in the event of a protracted leadership dispute that has significantly compromised the governance of the first nation after reasonable efforts have been made to reach a community-based solution. ... 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 Mark Adler
    Mark Adler spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, in addition to providing transparency and accountability, Bill S-6 would do something that would be more important. It would give first nations communities hope that they could take advantage of the great opportunity we have in our great country. ... more

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

    Mr. Speaker, that is exactly what we are doing. We are giving first nations communities the option of adopting Bill S-6 and getting out from under this old relic of the Indian Act. We are giving them accountability and transparency and we are providing them with the tools they need to create a modern community that will attract the investment and business that will create jobs within their communities. ... more

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

    Mr. Speaker, it is my great pleasure to make my remarks following the member for Ottawa—Orléans, a very distinguished member of the House and the finest member Ottawa—Orléans has seen in the history of our great country. ... more

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

    Mr. Speaker, the Indian Act election system contains several weaknesses that contribute significantly to unstable first nations governments. Among these principal weaknesses is the two-year term of office. The short period of time simply does not allow first nations to plan and implement important long-term projects for the benefit of their members. In many cases, when an election is held and the leadership changes, progress can be set back. This instability does not make first nations attractive for long-term investment. ... more

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

    Mr. Speaker, although I found it a little difficult to understand the member opposite, I must say that Bill S-6, which we are currently debating, clearly responds to the concerns raised by band chiefs, councillors and residents of reserves. ... more

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

    Mr. Speaker, Bill S-6 would make a positive difference in the lives of first nation citizens. As the government has articulated clearly, this bill would enable first nations to build stronger, more accountable governments that would lead to better futures for themselves, their families and their communities. ... more

    June 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    The House resumed from June 11 consideration of the motion that Bill S-6, An Act respecting the election and term of office of chiefs and councillors of certain First Nations and the composition of council of those First Nations, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    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 Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > Combating Counterfeit Products Act

    Mr. Speaker, as I have indicated, we are attempting to manage the affairs of the House by consulting with all parties and members to see if there are ways we can accommodate everybody's desire to participate in the debate. Based on those consultations, I would like to propose the following motion for unanimous consent. ... more

    June 13, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé
    Sadia Groguhé spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, of course it is important to talk about economic development. However, with respect to aboriginal people, economic development cannot be achieved through tyranny, and especially not without real consultation. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé
    Sadia Groguhé spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is simply irresponsible to reject out of hand the suggestions made by the most important stakeholders in the process. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé
    Sadia Groguhé spoke about Government Orders > First Nations Elections Act

    Mr. Speaker, first of all, I want to point out to the House that this will be this government's 44th time allocation motion. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
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