Focus on Parliament

CBA Focus on Parliament is a regular compendium of federal government bills, draft regulations, selected private members’ bills and other government initiatives. The CBA Legislation and Law Reform department has compiled this list for leaders of CBA Sections, Forums and Committees, as an overview of recent federal issues on which they may wish to comment. The government’s summary and a link to the full text are included.

Chances are that you have already discussed the issues of interest with your CBA staff lawyer. Any CBA group already working on a response is listed after the summary. If your Section, Forum or Committee wishes to contribute to a CBA submission on any of these initiatives, please contact your staff lawyer.

GOVERNMENT BILLS

C-1, An Act respecting the administration of oaths of office

The electronic version of the bill is currently not available.

First Reading in House of Commons December 5, 2019

C-2, Appropriation Act No. 3, 2019-20

This enactment grants the sum of $4,855,257,827 towards defraying charges and expenses of the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020 that are not otherwise provided for.

Royal Assent December 12, 2019

C-3, An Act to amend the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act and the Canada Border Services Agency Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

This enactment amends the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act to, among other things, rename the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as the Public Complaints and Review Commission. It also amends the Canada Border Services Agency Act to, among other things, grant to that Commission powers, duties and functions in relation to the Canada Border Services Agency, including the power to conduct a review of the activities of that Agency and to investigate complaints concerning the conduct of any of that Agency’s officers or employees. It also makes consequential amendments to other Acts.

First Reading in House of Commons January 27, 2020

C-4, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States

This enactment implements the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States, done at Buenos Aires on November 30, 2018, as amended by the Protocol of Amendment to that Agreement, done at Mexico City on December 10, 2019.

The general provisions of the enactment set out rules of interpretation and specify that no recourse is to be taken on the basis of sections 9 to 20 or any order made under those sections, or on the basis of the provisions of the Agreement, without the consent of the Attorney General of Canada.

Part 1 approves the Agreement, provides for the payment by Canada of its share of the expenditures associated with the operation of the institutional and administrative aspects of the Agreement and gives the Governor in Council the power to make orders in accordance with the Agreement.

Part 2 amends certain Acts to bring them into conformity with Canada’s obligations under the Agreement.

Part 3 contains the coming into force provisions.

Introduction in House of Commons January 29, 2020

S-1, An Act relating to railways

The electronic version of the bill is currently not available.

First Reading in Senate December 5, 2019

PROPOSED REGULATIONS

Regulations Amending the Great Lakes Pilotage Tariff Regulations

Statutory authority: Pilotage Act
Sponsoring agency: Great Lakes Pilotage Authority
Date of publication: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Comment Period: 30 days (until February 10, 2020)

Order Amending Schedule 1 to the Species at Risk Act

Statutory authority: Species at Risk Act
Sponsoring department: Department of the Environment
Date of publication: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Comment Period: 30 days (until February 24, 2020)

GOVERNMENT CONSULTATIONS

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Pre-budget Consultations 2020

Canadians can submit their ideas as part of the pre-budget consultation through an online survey or by email.

The consultation is open until February 17, 2020.

CBC Licences Renewal (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)

The CRTC initiated a process, including a public hearing, to renew the licences of the radio and TV stations owned by CBC/Radio-Canada. The terms of these licences will set the course of the national public broadcaster for the years to follow and position it to best contribute to Canada’s broadcasting policy objectives

The consultation is open until February 20, 2020.

Consultation on Access Equals Delivery Model for Public Companies. (Canadian Securities Regulators)

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published a consultation paper (Consideration of an Access Equals Delivery Model for Non-Investment Fund Reporting Issuers) which solicits views on the appropriateness of introducing an “access equals delivery” model in the Canadian market.

The consultation is open until March 9, 2020.

(Business Law Section)

Co-development of a new Indigenous Broadcasting Policy (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)

The CRCT is gathering different perspectives for the development of a new Indigenous Broadcasting Policy.

The consultation is open until March 31, 2020.

Modernizing the Official Languages Act (Canadian Heritage)

The government wants comments on the modernization of the Official Languages Act. 

The consultation is open for comment.