- 39th Canadian Parliament
Infobox Canadian Parliament
# = 39th
type = minority
status = inactive
term-begin = April 3, 2006
term-end = September 7, 2008
sc = Hon.
scterm = April 3, 2006–present
pm = Rt. Hon.
pmterm = Feb 6, 2006–present
lo = Hon.
loterm = Feb 7, 2006 – Dec 2, 2006
lo2 = Hon.
loterm2 = Dec 2, 2006–present
ghl = Hon.
ghlterm = Feb 6, 2006 - Jan 4, 2007
ghl2 = Hon.
Peter Van Loan
ghlterm2 = Jan 4, 2007–present
ohl = Hon.
ohlterm = Feb 10, 2006–present
ss = Hon.
ssterm = Feb 8, 2006–present
gsl = Hon.
gslterm = Feb 6, 2006–present
osl = Hon.
oslterm = Feb 8, 2006 - Jan 18, 2007
osl2 = Hon.
oslterm2 = Jan 18, 2007–present
Conservative Party of Canada
Liberal Party of Canada
New Democratic Party
Green Party of Canada
sessionbegin = April 3, 2006
Sept 14, 2007
sessionbegin2 = Oct 16, 2007
Sept 7, 2008
ministry = 28th
ministrybegin = Feb 6, 2006
ministryend = present
members = 305 of 308
senator = 91 of 105
lastparl = 38th
nextparl = 40thThe 39th Canadian Parliament was in session from April 3, 2006 until September 7, 2008.Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament| title=Key Dates for each Parliament| work=ParlInfo| accessdate=2007-11-04| url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/compilations/parliament/KeyDates.aspx] The membership was set by the 2006 federal election on January 23, 2006, and it has changed only somewhat due to resignations and
by-elections. The Parliament was dissolved prematurely on September 7, 2008, with an election to determine the membership of the 40th Parliament occurring on October 14, 2008.
The 39th Parliament was the longest minority government led by any federal government excepting the de facto majority led by Mackenzie King's Liberal Party in the 16th Parliament. No other Conservative minority has lasted a full year, and only Lester B. Pearson's governments lasted more than two. [Cite web |author=Canada |publisher=Library of Parliament |accessdate=2008-09-02 |url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/compilations/parliament/DurationMinorityGovernment.aspx |title=Duration of Minority Governments]
The 39th Parliament was controlled by a Conservative Party minority, led by Prime Minister
Stephen Harperand the 28th Canadian Ministry, which assumed power on February 6, 2006.Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament| title=Prime Minister of Canada: Biographical Information| work=ParlInfo| accessdate=2007-11-04| url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/FederalGovernment/PrimeMinisters/Biographical.aspx] The Official Opposition was the Liberal Party, led first by interim leader Bill Graham, and then by Stéphane Dionfor the remainder of the Parliament's life.Cite web| author=Government of Canada| title=Leaders of the Opposition in the House of Commons| date=2006-02-24| accessdate=2006-11-30| publisher=Library of Parliament| url=http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/OppLeaderCareer.asp?Language=E&Hist=Y]
The Speaker is Liberal
Peter Milliken. Milliken was re-elected as the Speaker of the House for the 39th Parliament on April 3, 2006. The Speaker only votes in a tie, and, as Milliken is a Liberal, the Liberal caucus was effectively reduced by one. This, along with the defection of Wajid Khanto the Conservatives enabled the Conservatives to pass legislation with the cooperation of any one of the three opposition parties: Liberals, Bloc Québécois, or New Democratic Party(NDP).
There had been two sessions of the 39th Parliament at its dissolution.Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament| title=Parliaments - Duration of Sessions| work=ParlInfo| url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/compilations/parliament/Sessions.aspx|accessdate=2007-11-04]
The party standings as elected and as of March 17, 2008, are on the table below. Since the election, four members of the House of Commons
crossed the floor(two of whom had previously been forced to sit as an independent), one died, eleven resigned, and nine members have been elected in by-elections to fill vacancies (one vacancy remains to be filled). In that same period, two senators have died, six have resigned (four of whom had reached the mandatory retirement age), and one has been appointed to fill a vacancy (twelve vacancies remain). Step-by-step changes are listed in the Members section. See List of Canadian federal electoral districtsfor a list of the ridings in this parliament.
The Parliament was dissolved by Governor General Michaëlle Jean on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper on September 7, 2008. The general election for the members of the 40th Parliament of Canada will be held on October 14, 2008.
Five members of parliament have crossed the floor since the election on January 23, 2006:
On February 6, 2006,
David Emerson, elected as the Liberal Member of Parliamentfor Vancouver Kingsway, crossed the floor to join Stephen Harper's cabinet as Minister of International Trade. [cite web
last =CTV.ca News Staff
title =CTV.ca | Former Liberal David Emerson defects to Tories
publisher = CTVglobemedia
date =Updated Mon. Feb. 6 2006 11:29 PM ET
accessdate = 2007-12-02 ]
On January 5, 2007,
Wajid Khan, elected as the Liberal MP for Mississauga—Streetsville, crossed the floor to join the Conservative Party. [cite web
title =Liberal Khan defects to Conservatives
publisher = CTVglobemedia Publishing Inc.
date =Posted AT 12:10 PM EST on 05/01/07
accessdate = 2007-12-02 ]
On February 6, 2007,
Garth Turner, elected as a Conservative MP for Halton, moved to the Liberal caucus. He had been sitting as an Independent since being suspended from the Tory caucus on October 18, 2006. [cite web
last =CTV.ca News Staff
title =globeandmail.com: National
work = Independent MP Garth Turner joins Liberals
publisher = CTVglobemedia Publishing Inc.
accessdate = 2007-12-02 ]
On June 26, 2007,
Joe Comuzzi, elected as a Liberal MP for Thunder Bay—Superior North, moved to the Conservative caucus. He had been sitting as an Independent since being suspended from the Liberal caucus on March 21, 2007. [cite news |authorlink=CTV News |author=CTV.ca News Staff |title=Harper makes it official: Comuzzi joins Tory fold |url=http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070626/Joe_Comuzzi_07626/20070626?hub=Canada |publisher=CTV.ca |date=2007-06-26 |accessdate=2007-11-04]
On August 30, 2008,
Blair Wilsonelected as a Liberal MP for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, moved to the Green caucus. He had been sitting as an Independent since he resigned from the Liberal caucus on October 28, 2007. [cite news |authorlink=CBC News |author=CBC.ca News Staff |title=Green party announces its first member of Parliament|url=http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/08/30/green-party.html|date=2008-08-30 |accessdate=2008-08-30]
During the election campaign, the Liberal leader was then-Prime Minister
Paul Martin. After the election results were announced, Martin announced his intention to resign, but did not indicate when, other than saying he would not lead the party into the next election. On February 1, 2006, the Liberal Party Caucus chose Bill Graham as parliamentary leader, meaning he served as Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons until the election of Stéphane Dionas Liberal leader at the Liberal Party leadership convention, held December 2-3, 2006.
On March 18, 2006 Martin tendered his resignation as Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. [cite web
title = Liberal Leaders Through History
work =PoliticsWatch | Canada's Political Portal
publisher = Public Interests Research and Communications Inc
date = 2000–2001
accessdate = 2007-12-02 ] This move was widely seen as a move by Martin to stop any talk of him leading the party into the next election.Fact|date=September 2008
Prime Minister Harper said he would move forward with his top five priorities from the campaign. At least four of these would require legislative action: the passage of a "
Federal Accountability Act" in response to the sponsorship scandal; setting longer mandatory sentences; lowering the Goods & Services Tax to 6% (and eventually to 5%); giving $1,200 for parents per child under the age of 6; and negotiating with the provinces to shorten wait-times [http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/parliament39/priorities.html] (this priority was eventually replaced with combating crime by creating more police officers). The child allowance and first GST were in place by July 1, 2006 [http://www.fin.gc.ca/budget06/brief/briefe.htm] . On December 6, 2006, another issue many expected to arise in the first session of parliament did, in fact, come to the fore, when the government introduced a motion calling "on the government to introduce legislation to restore the traditional definition of marriage without affecting civil unions and while respecting existing same-sex marriages." The next day, the House defeated the motion by a vote of 175 to 123, with six cabinet ministers voting against it, and Harper declared the issue settled. [cite news |first=Gloria |last=Galloway |title=Same-sex marriage file closed for good, PM says |url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20061208.SAMESEX08/TPStory/?query=%22same-sex+marriage%22 |format=fee required |publisher=globeandmail.com |date=2006-08-12 |accessdate=2007-11-04 ] (See Members of the 39th Canadian Parliament and same-sex marriagefor more information.) and on January 1, 2008 the second GST reduction came into effect [http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=d2e3014c-f5c5-498e-8d23-90ee5ebad2a4&k=80343] . The Federal Accountability Act received Royal Assent on December 12, 2006
Resignations and By-elections
On September 20, 2006 Liberal MP
Joe Fontana( London North Centre) resigned to run in the London mayoralty election. Fontana was replaced in the riding by Liberal Glen Pearsonafter a by-election on November 27, 2006. [cite web
title =London North Centre
work =Digital Copyright Canada
publisher = FLORA Community Consulting.
accessdate = 2007-12-02 ]
Jean Lapierredeclared on January 11, 2007 that he would resign from the Liberal Party at the end of the month to pursue a career in television. This took place on January 28, leaving the Outremont district vacant. On July 28, Prime Minister Stephen Harper called by-electionsfor this and two other Quebec ridings, which were held on September 17, 2007. Newcomer NDP candidate Thomas Mulcairwon this riding over star Liberal candidate Jocelyn Coulon, only the second-ever time Outremont has not been won by a Liberal candidate. Mulcair was previously a Provincial Liberal Cabinet Minister in Quebec. [cite web| title =Federal NDP recruits former Quebec Liberal minister| publisher = CBC 2007| date =Tuesday, September 18, 2007| url =http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2007/04/20/mulcair-ndp.html| accessdate = 2007-12-02 ]
On February 21, 2007,
Yvan Loubier(representing Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagotfor the Bloc Québécois) resigned in order to run in the Quebec general election, 2007. Loubier was replaced in a by-election on September 17, 2007, by newcomer Bloc candidate Ève-Mary Thaï Thi Lac. [cite web
title =Tories win Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean byelection
publisher = CanWest Interactive, a division of CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc.
date =Friday, April 20, 2007 | 3:07 PM ET
accessdate = 2007-12-02 ]
One day later, on February 22, veteran Liberal MP and former
Liberal Party of Canadainterim leader Bill Grahamannounced that he would not seek reelection in the next federal election. On June 19, 2007, Graham announced he would be resigning his Toronto Centreseat effective July 2, 2007, to allow former Ontario New Democratic PartyPremier and Liberal Party leadership candidate Bob Raeto run in the riding. [cite web
title =David Akin's On the Hill :: Bill Graham resigns
date =Tue 19 Jun 2007 02:55 PM EDT
accessdate = 2007-12-02 ] Rae went on to win the Liberal stronghold riding in a March 17, 2008 byelection. [cite press release |title=Liberals land three by-election victories |publisher=globeandmail.com |date=2007-03-18 |url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080318.wbyelectionupdate0318/BNStory/National/home |accessdate=2008-03-18]
On March 8, 2007, Liberal MP
Jim Petersonannounced that he would not be a candidate in his Willowdale riding in the next federal election. On June 20, 2007, Peterson followed Bill Graham's lead and announced his resignation from the House of Commons, effective July 12. Both Bill Graham and Jim Peterson resigned their seats early in the hope that Prime Minister Stephen Harperwould be compelled to add those vacant seats to the scheduled September 17, 2007 by-elections in Quebec. [Cite news |author=Toronto Star |title=Peterson quits early in hopes of forcing byelection |publisher=thestar.ca |date= 2007-06-20 |accessdate=2006-07-06 |url=http://www.thestar.com/News/article/227587] On July 23, the Tory government announced that it would delay the Ontario by-elections so as not to overlap with the impending Ontario general election, 2007scheduled for October 10, 2007. [Cite news |author=The Globe and Mail |title=Tories to delay by-elections |publisher=globeandmail.com |date= 2007-07-23 |accessdate=2006-07-27 |url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070723.BYELXN23/TPStory/TPNational/Ontario/] When the by-election was eventually held in the riding on March 17, 2008, appointed former Liberal Party leadership candidate Martha Hall Findlaywon handily. [cite press release |title=Liberals land three by-election victories |publisher=globeandmail.com |date=2007-03-18 |url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080318.wbyelectionupdate0318/BNStory/National/home |accessdate=2008-03-18]
Also in March 2007, Bloc Québécois MP and former BQ House Leader
Michel Gauthierannounced that he would not run in the next federal election. He resigned his seat of Roberval—Lac-Saint-Jeanon July 29, 2007. Gauthier was replaced in a by-election on September 17, 2007, by newcomer Conservative candidate and former Roberval mayor Denis Lebel. [cite web
title =Quebec byelections to test party popularity
publisher = CBC
date = Monday, September 17, 2007 | 8:29 AM ET
accessdate = 2007-12-02 ]
On July 5, 2007, Liberal MP
Stephen Owenannounced he would resign his seat of Vancouver Quadrato accept a position at the University of British Columbia, his resignation effective July 27, 2007. [cite news |author=CBC News |authorlink=CBC News |title=Vancouver Liberal MP Owen sets date to resign seat |url=http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/07/05/bc-own.html |publisher=CBC.ca |date=2007-07-05 |accessdate=2007-11-04 ] Owen was replaced in the riding by former BC Provincial Liberal MLA Joyce Murray, after a by-election on March 17, 2008. [cite press release |title=Liberals land three by-election victories |publisher=globeandmail.com |date=2007-03-18 |url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080318.wbyelectionupdate0318/BNStory/National/home |accessdate=2008-03-18]
On July 11, 2007, Liberal MP
Gary Merastyannounced he would resign his Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill Riverseat, due to "family considerations", effective August 31, 2007. [cite press release |title=Gary Merasty Steps Down as Member of Parliament for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill |publisher=Liberal Party of Canada |date=2007-07-11 |url=http://www.liberal.ca/story_12970_e.aspx |accessdate=2007-11-04] Merasty was replaced in the riding by Conservative newcomer Rob Clarke, after a by-election on March 17, 2008. [cite press release |title=Liberals land three by-election victories |publisher=globeandmail.com |date=2007-03-18 |url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080318.wbyelectionupdate0318/BNStory/National/home |accessdate=2008-03-18]
On December 12, 2007, Liberal MP
Lucienne Robillardannounced she would resign her seat of Westmount-Ville-Marieeffective January 25, 2008. [ [http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Pub=hansard&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=39&Ses=2&DocId=3209459&File=0] ]
On March 14, 2008 Bloc MP
Maka Kottoresigned, followed by Liberal MP Brenda Chamberlainresigned on April 7. Another Liberal MP, John Godfrey, resigned on August 1.
Major bills and motions
Important business of the 39th Parliament includes the following bills and motions. Note that not all of these bills have yet become law. Motions (excepting those which pass bills) have no effect in law. A complete list of bills of the 39th Parliament is on the Parliament's website, divided into bills from the [http://www.parl.gc.ca/LEGISINFO/index.asp?Language=E&Session=14 1st] and [http://www.parl.gc.ca/LEGISINFO/index.asp?Language=E&Session=15 2nd] sessions. On the site, the bills are divided into government bills,
private member's bills, and private bills for both the House and the Senate.
Acts passed by 39th Parliament
Federal Accountability Act
Bill C-2, the
Federal Accountability Act(officially "An Act providing for conflict of interest rules, restrictions on election financing and measures respecting administrative transparency, oversight and accountability"), received Royal Assentin the Senate on December 12, 2006, and is now becoming law. The act plans to reduce the opportunity to exert influence with money by banning corporate, union, and large personal political donations; create a five-year lobbying ban on former ministers, their aides, and senior public servants; provide protection for whistleblowers; and enhancing the power for the Auditor Generalto follow the money spent by the government.
* [http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Parl=39&Ses=1&Mode=1&Pub=Bill&Doc=C-2_4 "full text of bill"]
2006 Canadian federal budget
Bill C-13 is The
2006 Canadian federal budget, which received Royal Assent in the Senate on June 22, 2006.
* [http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Parl=39&Ses=1&Mode=1&Pub=Bill&Doc=C-13_4 "full text of bill"]
Extending the Afghan War until 2011
A motion in the House to extend Canada's mission in Afghanistan by two years was successful. The motion was supported by the Conservatives and 30 Liberal MPs, allowing it to narrowly pass 149-145 on May 17, 2006. [Cite news |author=CBC News |publisher=CBC.ca |title=Canada's stay in Afghanistan extended by 2 years |date=2006-05-17 |accessdate=2006-12-13 |url=http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2006/05/17/afghandebate05172006.html] Even outside of government bills, the Prime Minister's support of Canada's action has been a recurring topic, gaining him both supporters and critics among the Canadian population. On March 13, 2008, the mission was further extended until July 2011 by a vote of 197-77, with Conservative and Liberal MPs in favour, and Bloc and NDP MPs opposed.
* [http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=39&Ses=1&DocId=2209992 full text of 1st motion]
* [http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=39&Ses=2&DocId=3331896 full text of 2nd motion]
oftwood lumber deal
Bill C-24, the "Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Act, 2006" put into effect the deal made between the Canadian and American governments regarding the longstanding softwood lumber debates. The Act received Royal Assent December 14, 2006.
* [http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Parl=39&Ses=1&Mode=1&Pub=Bill&Doc=C-24_4 "full text of bill"]
A successful motion in the House to recognise the
Québécoisas a nation within a united Canada. The motion was put forward by the Prime Minister in reaction to an announced motion by Bloc Québécoisleader Gilles Duceppethat would recognise Quebec as a nation, but did not contain the words "in Canada". [cite news |first=Robert |last=Sheppard |work=In Depth: The 39th Parliament |title=Quebec nationalism, a long history |publisher=CBC.ca |date=2006-11-23 |accessdate=2006-12-11 |url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/parliament39/quebecnation-history.html] The motion easily passed 266 to 16, with all party leaders voting in favour, including Duceppe [Cite news |author=CBC News |work=In Depth: The 39th Parliament |title=How each MP voted on Québécois nationhood |publisher=CBC.ca |date=2006-11-28 |accessdate=2006-12-11 |url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/parliament39/quebecnation-mpvotes.html]
Reaffirming the Kyoto Protocol
A motion passed by the opposition parties (161 for to 115 against) on February 5, 2007 to reaffirm Canada's commitment to the
Kyoto Protocol. [cite news | author = CBC News | title = House motion passes supporting Kyoto | url = http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/05/kyoto-vote.html | publisher = cbc.ca | date = 2007-02-05| accessdate = 2007-02-05] The motion may not have any legal effect, but it is related to Bill C-288 -- which received Royal Assent on June 22, 2007.
Fixed election dates
Bill C-16, titled "An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act", is a bill to set fixed election dates. Future elections will be held on the third Monday in October in the fourth calendar year following polling day for the last general election. Had Parliament not been dissolved on September 7, 2008 the next general election under this act would have been held on October 19, 2009; instead the next general election will take place on October 14, 2008. The provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador have already implemented fixed election dates for their own provincial elections. Bill C-16 passed in the House on November 6, 2006 and the Senate on March 28, 2007. The House began discussing the amendments made in the Senate on April 21, 2007. The House voted against the amendments on April 24, 2007. [cite press release |title=Journals (No. 139) |publisher=House of Commons of Canada, 39th Parliament, 1st Session |date=2007-04-24 |url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=39&Ses=1&DocId=2857890 |accessdate=2007-11-04] On May 1, 2007, the Senate chose not to insist on its amendment. The bill received Royal Assent on May 3. [cite press release |title=Journals (No. 146) |publisher=House of Commons of Canada, 39th Parliament, 1st Session |date=2007-05-03 |url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=39&Ses=1&DocId=2896549 |accessdate=2007-11-04]
* [http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Parl=39&Ses=1&Mode=1&Pub=Bill&Doc=C-16_4 full text of bill]
Minimum penalties for offences involving firearms
Bill C-9, titled "An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conditional sentence of imprisonment)", is a bill to set minimum penalties for offences involving firearms. Under this act, persons convicted of a serious personal injury offence or a terrorism offence with a term of imprisonment of ten years or more would not be eligible for a
conditional sentence. Bill C-9 passed in the House on November 3, 2006 and was passed by the Senate on May 16, 2007. The bill received Royal Assenton May 31, 2007.
* [http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Parl=39&Ses=1&Mode=1&Pub=Bill&Doc=C-9_4 full text of bill]
Omnibus Crime Bill
Bill C-2, titled "An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Tackling Violent Crime Act)" was the government's omnibus crime bill which received Royal Assent on February 29, 2008 and amended several pieces of legislation. Among other things, the bill raised the age of consent to 16 from 14, imposed minimum mandatory sentence for crimes involving firearms, instituted a "three-strikes-and-you're-out" (also known as a "reverse onus sentencing") for habitual offenders, and restricted "house arrest" policies for serious offenders.
Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act
Bill C-288, an act of the opposition parties to try and make the government support its global climate change obligations under the Kyoto Protocol. It received Royal Assent on June 22, 2007.
* [http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Parl=39&Ses=1&Mode=1&Pub=Bill&Doc=C-288_3 full text of bill]
2007 federal budget
Bill C-52 is the
2007 Canadian federal budget.
* [http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Parl=39&Ses=1&Mode=1&Pub=Bill&Doc=C-52_3 full text of bill]
2008 federal budget
Bill C-50 is the
2008 Canadian federal budget.
* [http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Parl=39&Ses=2&Mode=1&Pub=Bill&Doc=C-50_3 full text of bill]
Failed acts and motions
Re-opening the same-sex marriage debate
A government motion to reopen the
same-sex marriagedebate failed. The 38th Canadian Parliament, led by the Liberals, had legalized same-sex marriage a year earlier. Several provinces had legalized same-sex marriage before that. During his campaign, Harper promised a parliamentary vote on reopening the issue. The motion failed 175-123 leaving the same-sex marriage legal in Canada and the legal debate about it closed. [Cite news |author=Canadian Press |authorlink=Canadian Press |publisher=CBC.ca |title=MPs vote against revisiting gay marriage issue |date=2006-12-07 |accessdate=2006-12-11 |url=http://www.cbc.ca/cp/national/061207/n120751A.html]
Extending anti-terror laws
A failed government motion (159 opposed to 124 in favour) to renew certain sunsetted provisions of the "Anti-terrorism Act", first passed by the Liberals after
9/11that suspended some civil liberties in order to combat terrorism. [cite news |author=CBC News |title=MPs vote against extending anti-terrorism measures |url=http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/02/27/terror-vote.html |work=CBC.ca |date= 2007-02-28|accessdate=2007-02-28]
Acts that died on the Order Paper
Eight-year Senate terms
Bill C-19 (previously Bill S-4) titled "An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Senate tenure)" is a bill to limit new Senators' tenure to eight-year terms. [cite web
title =Debates of the Senate (Hansard)
work =1st Session, 39th Parliament, Volume 143, Issue 70
publisher =Senate of Canada Parliament of Government of Canada
accessdate = 2007-12-02 ] Currently, senators can stay in office until they reach the age of 75. The bill was first introduced by the government in the Senate on May 30, 2006. After consideration in committee and making amendments to the bill, the Senate recommended that the bill not be proceeded with until such time as the Supreme Court of Canada had ruled with respect to its constitutionality, which had not occurred prior to dissolution. The bill was reintroduced as a Commons bill on November 13, 2007 and is currently at second reading stage in the House.
enate Appointment Consultations Act
Bill C-20 (previously Bill C-43), titled "An Act to provide for consultations with electors on their preferences for appointments to the Senate", is a bill to hold
referendums on Senate appointments, introduced December 13, 2006. [Cite news |author=CTV.ca News Staff |publisher=CTV.ca |title=PM to bring 'democracy' to choice of senators |date=2006-12-13 |accessdate=2006-12-13 |url=http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20061213/senate_elexn_061213/20061213?hub=TopStories] The bill did not pass by the end of the 1st session of parliament, and was reintroduced in the 2nd session on November 13, 2007. The bill was sent to a legislative committee before second reading on February 13, 2008.
Expanding the House of Commons
Bill C-22 (previously Bill C-56), titled "An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Democratic representation)" is a bill which would add 22 seats to the House of Commons. This would increase the number to 330 seats, although these seats probably will not be in use until at least 2014. Under the proposed plan,
Ontariowould gain ten seats, British Columbiawould get another seven seats, and Albertawould receive another five seats. The bill did not pass by the end of the 1st session of parliament, and was reintroduced in the 2nd session. The bill is currently at second reading stage, with an amendment by the Bloc being debated. [cite web |title=Bill C-22: Status of the Bill |work:LEGISINFO |publisher=Library of Parliament |date=2008-06-17 |url=http://www.parl.gc.ca/legisinfo/index.asp?Language=E&Session=14&query=4965&List=toc |accessdate=2008-06-17]
Income Tax Amendments Act, 2006
Bill C-10 (previously Bill C-33), among a long list of minor changes to tax law contains a controversial clause that would give the government power to deny taxation benefits for films made in Canada if the government deems the content to be objectionable. CriticsWho|date=August 2008 of the clause argue that it is equivalent to censorship because most Canadian films cannot afford to be produced without government assistance. The Bill was passed in the House October 29, 2007, but opposition parties later said that they did not not notice the controversial part and several Senators have said that they intend to send the Bill back to the House.
Bill C-61 (39th Canadian Parliament, 2nd Session)
Bill C-61, titled "An Act to amend the Copyright Act", automatically died before second reading when the 39th Parliament was dissolved prematurely and an election was called by the Governor General
Michaëlle Jeanat Prime Minister Stephen Harper's request on September 7, 2008. [cite web|url=http://www.itworldcanada.com/Pages/Docbase/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=idgml-2ea4d00b-3de4-462b&Portal=448d158c-d857-4785-b759-ffa1c005933c&sub=46833|title=Federal election could kill off copyright Bill C-61] . The controversial bill was tabled in 2008 during the second session of the 39th Canadian Parliament by Minister of Industry Jim Prentice.
:"For full lists of members of the 39th Parliament of Canada, see
List of House members of the 39th Parliament of Canada" and " List of senators in the 39th Parliament of Canada".
Peter Milliken(the Liberal member for Kingston and the Islands) was re-elected Speaker of the Canadian House of Commonson April 3, 2006. He defeated Diane Marleau(the Liberal Member for Sudbury) and Marcel Proulx(the Liberal Member for Hull—Aylmer) on the first ballot, becoming only the third Speaker from an opposition party in history.Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament|title=Speakers of the Canadian House of Commons|url=http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/key/SP-BL/hoc-cdc/index.asp?Language=E|accessdate=2007-11-03]
Noël Kinsellais the Speaker of the Senate (a Conservative Senator for New Brunswick).Cite web|author=Government of Canada|publisher=Library of Parliament|title=Speakers of the Senate|url=http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/Key/SP-BL/sen/index.asp?Language=E|accessdate=2007-11-03]
Other Chair occupants
House of CommonsDeputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole—Hon.
Bill Blaikie(the New Democratic PartyMember for Elmwood—Transcona). An MP since 1979, he is the longest-serving current Member of the House. [cite web
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accessdate =2007-12-02 ]
Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole—
Royal Galipeau(the Conservative Member for Ottawa—Orléans). He is the first member of Parliament to hold this position without previous parliamentary experience. [cite web
title =The Speaker - House of Commons Canada - Deputy Speakers Royal Galipeau
publisher =Parliament of Canada Web Site
accessdate =2007-12-02 ]
Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole—
Andrew Scheer(the Conservative Member for Regina—Qu'Appelle). As one of Canada's youngest MPs, is a vocal advocate of western concerns. [cite web
title =The Speaker - House of Commons Canada - Deputy Speakers Andrew Scheer
publisher =Parliament of Canada Web Site
accessdate =2007-12-02 ]
Rose-Marie Losier-Coolis the Speaker "pro tempore" of the Senate of Canada, (a Liberal Senator for New Brunswick).
Prime Minister of Canada: Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper(Conservative)
*Leader of the Opposition (Liberal):
Stéphane Dion(from December 2, 2006)
Bloc Québécoisleader: Gilles Duceppe
New Democratic Partyleader: Hon. Jack Layton
The following were the parties' floor leaders during the 39th Parliamentcite web |url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/compilations/OfficersAndOfficials/PoliticalOfficers/HouseOfCommons/ParliamentaryLeaders/Party.aspx |title=Party House Leaders |accessdate=2007-11-04 |author=Government of Canada |date=2007-01-15 |work=ParlInfo |publisher=Library of Parliament] :
House of Commons
*Government House Leader: Hon.
Peter Van Loan
*Opposition House leader: Hon.
*Bloc Québécois House leader:
Michel Gauthier(until April 20, 2007)
Pierre Paquette(from April 20, 2007)
*New Democratic Party House leader:
*Leader of the Government in the Senate: Hon.
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate: Hon. Céline Hervieux-Payette
The party whips in this Parliament were as followscite web |url=http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/compilations/OfficersAndOfficials/PoliticalOfficers/HouseOfCommons/Whips.aspx |title=Whips |accessdate=2007-11-04 |author=Government of Canada |date=2007-01-15 |work=ParlInfo |publisher=Library of Parliament] :
*Chief Government Whip: Hon.
*Deputy Government Whip:
*Official Opposition Whip: Hon.
*Bloc Québécois Whip:
*New Democratic Party Whip:
Other notable members
Right Honourable Paul Martin, Liberal, former Prime Ministersitting the back benches as Member of Parliamentfor LaSalle—Émard
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