Bill S-9

Nuclear Terrorism Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code

This bill was tabled by on March 28, 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

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 Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke about Government Orders > Safer Witnesses Act

    Mr. Speaker, the challenge I have is the previous member asked a question about walking the talk. That party voted against doubling the victims' surcharge, which goes to the provinces so they can offer that. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
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    Andrew Scheer spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion of the third reading stage of Bill S-9.

    May 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    The House resumed from May 10 consideration of the motion that Bill S-9, an act to amend the Criminal Code, be read the third time and passed.

    May 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > Extension of Sitting Hours

    Mr. Speaker, I will pick up where I left off. Obviously my hon. friend did not hear this and has not read the motion. I will respond to his macho riposte at the end of his comments by pointing out that the motion would do three things: first, it would provide for us to sit until midnight; second, it would provide a manageable way in which to hold votes in a fashion that works for members of the House; and third, it would provide for concurrence debates to happen and motions to be voted on in a fashion that would not disrupt the work of all the committees of the House and force them to come back here for votes and shut down the work of committees. ... more

    May 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Government Orders > Extension of Sitting Hours

    Mr. Speaker, I apologize for interrupting my colleague just at the beginning of his speech on the justification for the motion that he has just presented to the House, but we have a point of order that we need to raise because I think it establishes a couple of important things for you, as Speaker, to determine before we get into the context and the particulars of this motion. ... more

    May 21, 2013,   Parliament
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    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    May 21, 2013
  • Photo of Élaine Michaud
    Élaine Michaud spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, like many of my colleagues, I am rising in the House in support of Bill S-9 on nuclear terrorism. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his very thoughtful speech on Bill S-9. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Romeo Saganash
    Romeo Saganash spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would first like to thank all my colleagues who participated in the debate on Bill S-9 before us today. This bill is about a very important issue on which all parties in the House agree. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel for her excellent speech on something that is not always an easy subject. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mylène Freeman
    Mylène Freeman spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for her question. She is absolutely right. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mylène Freeman
    Mylène Freeman spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak on Bill S-9, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Nuclear Terrorism Act. This bill puts in place legislative measures to comply with the criminal law requirements contained in two international counterterrorism treaties: the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, amended in 2005, and the 2005 International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Laurin Liu
    Laurin Liu spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure of rising once again to speak to Bill S-9, which aims to implement two international treaties to fight terrorism, namely, the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill S-9, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, be read the third time and passed.

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, first, I think it unfortunate that the nuclear terrorism bill has come from the Senate, a chamber where the occupants have not been democratically elected, but, rather, appointed for partisan reasons. Bills should be debated first and foremost in the House of Commons, where the elected representatives sit. That is the very principle of a parliamentary system. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Aubin
    Robert Aubin spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Gatineau for her question. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Aubin
    Robert Aubin spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, today I am taking part in the debate at third reading on Bill S-9, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, or the Nuclear Terrorism Act. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sylvain Chicoine
    Sylvain Chicoine spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for his question. Obviously, the initial bill did not include the provisions that my colleague mentioned. Was it a lack of foresight or a lack of planning? I really cannot say, but it obviously was an oversight. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, I congratulate my hon. colleague on his heartfelt speech. I would like to ask him why the manufacture of nuclear or radioactive devices was not included in Bill S-9 when it was introduced in the Senate, since this eventually led to the Senate amendment. This speaks volumes about the lack of prudence and preparation on the government's part. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sylvain Chicoine
    Sylvain Chicoine spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, ever since September 11, the international community has been worried about international terrorism. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Irene Mathyssen
    Irene Mathyssen spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    Mr. Speaker, the New Democratic Party believes that we must seriously address the issue of nuclear security and comply with our international obligation in order to better co-operate with other countries on a counterterrorism strategy. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Nuclear Terrorism Act

    The House resumed from March 28 consideration of the motion that Bill S-9, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, be read the third time and passed.

    May 10, 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
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    Peter Van Loan spoke about Private Members' Business > Business of the House

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to update the House on the schedule of business for this week. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
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