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CBA Influence | December 2017

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Broadening our influence

The CBA’s Policy Committee and member volunteers stay busy all year speaking to governments, courts and regulators on your behalf. And we’d like you to know more about it. This monthly newsletter features a compendium of blog posts about recent CBA initiatives, and status reports on proposed federal legislation, regulatory changes and government consultations.

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Yes, but no: Well-intended Bill C-51 would not improve justice in sex assault cases

On the one hand, Bill C-51 would remove some obsolete or unconstitutional sections from the Criminal Code. That’s a good thing. On the other, it proposes changes to the sexual assault regime that would fail to improve justice for either the victim or the accused, the Criminal Justice Section says.

Three pages to storm CASL

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law was meant to protect consumers from spam and other electronic threats, but in practice it seems to be aimed mostly at companies carrying out legitimate business. And what’s that short consultation process and three-page limit to submissions all about anyway?

Excising uncertainty: Comments on proposed amendments to the ETA

The federal government’s proposed amendments to the Excise Tax Act related to investment limited partnerships are meant to clarify their treatment in terms of GST/HST payments, but instead they just muddy the waters.

Concerns with proposed changes to Access to Information Act

If ever an Act needed to be modernized, the Access to Information Act is it. But several CBA groups find some of proposed provisions – particularly those dealing with solicitor-client privilege and judicial independence – quite troubling.

Wanted: A healthy system to assess medical inadmissibility

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada could significantly improve its processes with regard to establishing medical inadmissibility for immigrants without having to significantly overhaul the program.

Past due: More time, consultation needed for prompt payment legislation

Bill S-224, the Canada Prompt Payment Act, has passed the Senate and is moving along without the benefit of wide consultations with the construction industry, and without apparently consulting the research done in Ontario which just passed its own prompt payments legislation.


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Offering asylum is about more than opening borders

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s departmental infrastructure was already having trouble staying on top of demand before the government sent out its welcome call last January. More money would help, sure, but giving out accurate information doesn’t cost much and could make a huge difference to asylum-seekers.

Legal aid in Canada: same conclusions, different report

How many reports does it take to change a government’s mind about proper legal aid funding? Good question. The CBA has produced a few, as have other agencies. And now an in-house report, prepared by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights is striking a familiar chord.

Focus on Parliament

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CBA Focus on Parliament is a regular compendium of federal government bills, draft regulations, selected private members’ bills and other government initiatives.