Bill S-7

Combating Terrorism Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act and the Security of Information Act

This bill was tabled by on Feb. 16, 2012.

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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

Second Reading and Referral to Committee

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  • Photo of Dave Van Kesteren
    Dave Van Kesteren spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion—2013 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada

    Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Northumberland—Quinte West. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, this afternoon we will continue the debate on today’s opposition motion from the NDP. Pursuant to the rules of the House, time is allocated and there will be a vote after the two-day debate. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hoang Mai
    Hoang Mai spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion — 2013 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada

    Mr. Speaker, I wish to inform you that I will be sharing my time. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Candice Bergen
    Candice Bergen spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion — 2013 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada

    Mr. Speaker, I really do appreciate the opportunity to stand today to speak to this opposition motion, especially being in the House over the last few hours and hearing its members stand and, time after time, deliberately mislead the Canadian public and deliberately twist the words of the Auditor General, a highly respected man and office in this country. It is very disturbing. It is troubling. As my own colleague just said, I think it is clear that the opposition is in a panic mode because it has no ideas for the Canadian public. It certainly has no ideas that would benefit Canadians economically and so, instead, the members are actually attacking, indirectly and directly, the very integrity of the Auditor General by twisting his words. I am very pleased that I can stand today to speak against the motion. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alain Giguère
    Alain Giguère spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion — 2013 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada

    Mr. Speaker, I will share my time with the hon. member for Nickel Belt. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Matthew Dubé
    Matthew Dubé spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion — 2013 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise today to speak to this motion. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Laurie Hawn
    Laurie Hawn spoke

    Okay. ... more

    May 9, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Candice Bergen
    Candice Bergen spoke about Oral Questions > Public Safety

    Mr. Speaker, once again, the opposition is completely wrong. They think if they keep repeating an inaccurate statement that it will stick. It is not true. In fact, our government has increased front-line border officers by 26% since we came into office. ... more

    April 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Pilon
    François Pilon spoke about Statements By Members > The Conservative and Liberal Parties of Canada

    Mr. Speaker, last Wednesday, we witnessed a sad spectacle in the House. Once again, the Liberals and the Conservatives joined forces to recycle an old, ineffective Liberal bill that attacks people's basic rights. Bill S-7 will not keep Canadians safer. It uses fear as an excuse to impose excessive measures, such as detention without charge and secret interrogations. ... more

    April 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hoang Mai
    Hoang Mai spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-478, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (increasing parole ineligibility). ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will not keep members in suspense. I will therefore say from the outset that the NDP cannot support Bill C-478 for a number of reasons. ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Oral Questions > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, it was Harold Macmillan who once said, “Events, my dear friend, events”. That is the great variable. ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pat Martin
    Pat Martin spoke about Statements By Members > Justice

    Mr. Speaker, it seems that spring has sprung and love is in the air as last night we witnessed the two old-line parties caught in each other's warm embrace once again. ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Barry Devolin
    Barry Devolin spoke about Royal Assent

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

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre-Luc Dusseault
    Pierre-Luc Dusseault spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply > Opposition Motion—Climate Change

    Mr. Speaker, I want to reassure my colleague. The Liberal Party is where it is right now for a number of reasons. Since their new leader was elected, we have seen them getting a little closer to the Conservatives. Why not say so and tell everyone? Just yesterday, the Liberals supported Bill S-7, which violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as we will surely see in the courts before long. ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bruce Stanton
    Bruce Stanton spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    It being 5:30 p.m., the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at third reading stage of Bill S-7. ... more

    April 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    The House resumed from April 23 consideration of the motion that Bill S-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act and the Security of Information Act, be read the third time and passed.

    April 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 666
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
    • Against 100%
      Green
    • In favour 100%
      Liberal
    • Against 100%
      Bloc
    • Against 100%
      NDP
    • In favour 100%
      Conservative
    April 24, 2013
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > Business of Supply

    Mr. Speaker, given the good news that we have concluded debate on the final stage of Bill S-7, the combating terrorism act, and given my statement Friday regarding the rescheduling of business, I would like to officially designate tomorrow and Thursday as allotted days.

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandre Boulerice
    Alexandre Boulerice spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin my speech, which will end the day, by pointing out the irony of this situation. We can already hear Conservatives outside the House accusing the NDP of being soft, of not believing that safety is an important issue and of being soft on crime. It is the same old tune. However, this is their bill. Although we might be hearing them outside the House, we are not hearing them much in here. They are not here; they are not talking today. The NDP members are the only ones standing up to say that they care about the safety of Canadians and the Canadian value of respecting rights and freedoms. As the official opposition, we take this issue much more seriously than the Liberals do. They will stand with the Conservatives and vote in favour of a bill that will undermine our civil liberties. We find that particularly disconcerting. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Carol Hughes
    Carol Hughes spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, once again, we have to ask ourselves questions when such a bill is presented. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Carol Hughes
    Carol Hughes spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am happy to join the debate on Bill S-7, a piece of legislation that is the most recent in a series of anti-terrorism bills to come before Parliament since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Unlike the parliamentarians at that time, we are able to look back at the original legislation, the debate and, most importantly, the results after more than a decade has passed, which should clearly instruct this discussion. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alexandre Boulerice
    Alexandre Boulerice spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate my colleague from Halifax on her speech. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, periodically I like to stand just to emphasize the importance of making sure we have what many would classify as boots on the ground. We have talked in the past about the impact of budget cuts. This is something the Liberal Party has opposed. I wanted to bring that, once again, to the attention of the House. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Megan Leslie
    Megan Leslie spoke about Government Orders > Combating Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I was listening to the debate yesterday and today and one speech in particular caught my ear, and that was the debate brought forward by my colleague, the member for York South—Weston. He had a really good story in his speech and I want to pick up on that. ... more

    April 23, 2013,   Parliament
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