UPDATE: ALL AMENDMENTS DEFEATED Amendments Being Voted on Today Or Tonight

UPDATE4:26 p.m.:  All amendments were just DEFEATED by the Cons–including one from Rankin to ensure the Act meets the Charter

BREAKING NEWS:  I just spoke with Scott Brison’s Policy Advisor. Mr. Brison has presented an amendment to the Finance Committee.  A vote will be late this afternoon or sometime tonight.

Ref.: 6611875  Clause/Article 99
Page 73  Page 73
May 22, 2014
Mr. Brison (Kings—Hants)
22 mai 2014
M. Brison (Kings—Hants)
That Bill C-31, in Clause 99, be amended by
adding after line 11 on page 73 the following:
Que le projet de loi C-31, à l’article 99, soit
modifié par adjonction, après la ligne 11, page
73, de ce qui suit :
“(2) Despite any other provision of this Act
or the Agreement, for all purposes related to
the implementation of this Act and the
Agreement, “U.S. Person” and “Specified
U.S. Person” does not include any person
who is
« (2) Malgré les autres dispositions de la
présente loi ou de l’Accord, dans le cadre de
la mise en oeuvre de la présente loi et de
l’Accord, « personne des États-Unis » et
« personne désignée des États-Unis » ne
visent pas la personne qui, à la fois :
(a) a Canadian citizen within the meaning of
the Citizenship Act or a permanent resident
within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the
Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
a) est un citoyen canadien au sens de la Loi
sur la citoyenneté ou un résident permanent
au sens du paragraphe 2(1) de la Loi sur
l’immigration et la protection des réfugiés;
(b) ordinarily resident in Canada.”  b) réside habituellement au Canada. »

She advised they Mr. Brison has also submitted other amendments, including one that would  ensure other Canadian laws prevail over the Implementation Act, (instead of having this law prevail over those laws).

This is essentially a formalized version of the amendment Anne Frank suggested and that Schubert and I sent to Brison, Rankin and  Cullen. The second amendment Brison put forth is a varation of one I suggested–to remove the section that prevails over all other Canadian laws

She said the NDP and Elizabeth May have submitted similar amendments. She expects support for the amendment from the NDP and Greens (although the Greens do not have a vote at  the Committee), but does not know if the Conservatives will support it.Ted Hsu will be present for the Liberals to speak on this.

The Finance Committee will begin a clause by clause review and will consider these amendments at 3:30 today.  A vote will likely take place on each amendment tonight. She was not able to say what time that would be.

You can watch on ParlVu

116 thoughts on “UPDATE: ALL AMENDMENTS DEFEATED Amendments Being Voted on Today Or Tonight

  1. Lynne Swanson Post author

    Here is a formal reply from the Clerk of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee:

    Thank you for your email and brief.
    Bill C-31 is currently before the House of Commons. When and if the bill is passed in the Commons it will be sent to the Senate for further study. Normally the Senate refers all budget implementation bills the Senate National Finance Committee.  I will therefore refer your email and documents to that committee for their eventual consideration of your request.
    For your information, the Senate did authorize a pre-study into the subject-matter of Bill C-31 of certain elements of Bill C-31 to a number of different Senate committees, including the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee. The elements of the bill that were referred to the Legal committee however was restricted to Division 5 of Part 6 of the bill (provisions relating to the Judges Act). As such, the committee’s examination into the subject-matter was limited in scope to only that part of the bill. That portion of the committee’s study is now complete. You can read a copy of the committee’s report on this section of the bill here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/SEN/Committee/412/lcjc/rep/rep08may14-e.htm
    The schedule of meetings for the Senate National Finance committee can be found here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/SenCommitteeBusiness/CommitteeMeetingSchedule.aspx?parl=41&ses=2&Language=E&comm_id=13
    And you can follow the progress of Bill C-31 using the Parliament of Canada’s LegisInfo site here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=6483626
    And here is what the Senate Finance Committee said (Finally!) after my repeated requests to them:

    Ms. Swanson,

    Thank you for your email and brief.

    The Senate Standing Committee on National Finance has concluded hearing from witnesses on the subject-matter study of Bill C-31, and is currently in the process of hearing from the Chairs and Deputy Chairs of the other 5 Senate Committees who were assigned the subject-matter of certain elements of Bill C-31.  The committee has tabled a report on its subject-matter study, and this report can be found on the committee’s website.

    The schedule of meetings for the Senate National Finance committee can also be found here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/SenCommitteeBusiness/CommitteeMeetingSchedule.aspx?parl=41&ses=2&Language=E&comm_id=13  You may access the committee transcripts from past meetings and review the testimony received with respect to the subject-matter of Bill C-31.

    You may also follow the progress of Bill C-31 using the Parliament of Canada’s Legis Info site here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=6483626

    I will circulate the briefs you submitted to the full committee for their information.

    Thank you for your interest in the work of Senate committees.

    In other words:

    Do Not Bug Us!



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