The Legislative Runway – What to expect from January to June

Welcome back MPs! The winter/spring parliamentary 2019 sitting begins today and MPs will, for the first time, be debating in their new location in West Block. This is the 42nd government’s last sitting before the next federal election in October 2019 and with just 14 weeks remaining there is a significant amount of legislation to address.  Former liberal leader Stéphane Dion once infamously asked if it was easy to make priorities and the Liberal government will also have to decide what to focus on in the little time they have left.

Five things you need to know

  1. 69 Days Left: Between today and the end of session there are 69 sitting days where MPs will be in the House of Commons. This means that there are only 14 sitting weeks until June. Given the short runway, passing legislation could be difficult in the House of Commons and the Senate.
  2. Constituency Weeks: There are seven constituency weeks until the end of session where MPs will be back in their home ridings. MPs will use that time in their ridings to iron home their pre-election messaging.
  3. Private Member’s Bills: With 34 outstanding pieces of government legislation, the fate of the currently remaining 59 Private Members’ Bills in the House of Commons and Senate are in question. Although there are designated debate allotments for PMB’s, not many will see the light of day in the remaining time left.
  4. Opposition Days: There will be seven Opposition days from now until the end of session, which turns the government’s 69 days remaining into 62 in reality. These days will be used by the Opposition to reiterate their main policy concerns that will lead them into the election and shape their campaign platform.
  5. Budget 2019: Budget 2019 will be the last federal budget of this government, which is expected this winter. This is legislation that the Government will also want passed, and there will be 5-10 days of debate dedicated to this in the House of Commons. But once it gets sent to the now independent Senate, all bets are off on how quickly it gets debated and whether it can pass before the House recesses before the election.

With a packed agenda and all eyes on the next federal election, this will be an exciting legislative sitting to watch.

For a rundown of all outstanding government legislation, see the list below.

Legislation Overview

Senate

  • There are currently nine Government Bills in the Senate
    • Seven of the Bills are at committee stage
    • Two of the Bills are at Second Reading (Criminal Code / Youth Criminal Justice Act & Accessible Canada Act)

House

  • There are currently 24 Government Bills in the House of Commons
    • One Senate government bill awaiting first reading
    • 15 government bills at second reading
    • Two government bills in consideration at committee stage
    • Four government bills at report stage
    • Two government bills at the amendments by the Senate stage

Bills Before the Senate

Within the Senate, there are seven government bills that have been referred to committees and two bills in second reading. There are also 22 Senate Public Bills in the queue that could be considered. There are 13 MP Private Members’ Bills before the Senate for their possible consideration.

  1. Bill C-48, Oil Tanker Moratorium Act

Status: Referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

  1. Bill C-55, Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act

Status: Referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

  1. Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

Status: Referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs for consideration

  1. Bill C-59, An Act respecting national security matters

Status: Referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

  1. Bill C-68, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence

Status: Referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

  1. Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, to amend the Navigation Protection Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

Status: Referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources

  1. Bill C-71, An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms

Status: Referred to the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

  1. Bill C-75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

Status: Awaiting second reading

  1. Bill C-81, Accessible Canada Act

Status: Awaiting second reading

Bills before the House of Commons

Along with Budget 2019 to be passed in the upcoming sitting, there is one Senate government bill awaiting first reading, 15 government bills at second reading, two government bills in consideration at committee stage, four government bills at report stage and two government bills at the amendments by the Senate stage.

The Senate has put 13 Senate Public Bills on the House’s plate for consideration as well. The House of Commons has 11 Private Members’ Bills making their way through the Chamber as well.

  1. The Bill: S-6

Status: Awaiting First Reading

Summary: An Act to implement the Convention between Canada and the Republic of Madagascar for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income

  1. The Bill: C-5

Status: At Second Reading

Summary: An Act to repeal Division 20 of Part 3 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1

  1. The Bill: C-12

Status: At Second Reading

Summary: An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

  1. The Bill: C-27

Status: Second Reading

Summary: An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985

  1. The Bill: C-28

Status: Second Reading

Summary: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (victim surcharge)

  1. The Bill: C-32

Status: Second reading

Summary: An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

  1. The Bill: C-33

Status: Second Reading

Summary: An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

  1. The Bill: C-34

Status: Second Reading

Summary: An Act to amend the Public Service Labour Relations Act and other Acts

  1. The Bill: C-38

Status: Second Reading

Summary: An Act to amend An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons)

  1. The Bill: C-39

Status: Second Reading

Summary: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (unconstitutional provisions) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

  1. The Bill: C-42

Status: Second Reading

Summary: An Act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act, the Pension Act and the Department of Veterans Affairs Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

  1. The Bill: C-43

Status: Second Reading

Summary: An Act respecting a payment to be made out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to support a pan-Canadian artificial intelligence strategy

  1. The Bill: C-52

Status: Second Reading

Summary: An Act to amend Chapter 6 of the Statutes of Canada, 2012

  1. The Bill: C-56

Status: Second Reading

Summary: An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Abolition of Early Parole Act

  1. The Bill: C-87

Status: Second Reading

Summary: An Act respecting the reduction of poverty

  1. The Bill:C-88

Status: Second Reading

Summary: An Act to amend the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

  1. The Bill: C-82

Status: Consideration in Committee – FINA

Summary: An Act to implement a multilateral convention to implement tax treaty related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting

  1. The Bill: C-84

Status: Consideration in Committee – JUST

Summary: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (bestiality and animal fighting)

  1. The Bill: C-77

Status: At Report Stage

Summary: An Act to amend the National Defence Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts

  1. The Bill: C-78

Status: At Report Stage

Summary: An Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act

  1. The Bill: C-83

Status: At Report Stage

Summary: An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act

  1. The Bill: C-85

Status: At Report Stage

Summary: An Act to amend the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act and to make related amendments to other Acts

  1. The Bill: C-57

Status: Consideration of Amendments made by the Senate

Summary: An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act

  1. The Bill: C-64

Status: Consideration of Amendments made by the Senate

Summary: An Act respecting wrecks, abandoned, dilapidated or hazardous vessels and salvage operations