House of Commons.

AuthorChaplin, Andrew Bartholomew
PositionLegislative Reports

This account covers the continuing First Session of the 42nd Parliament from April through to June 2019.


The following three bills of note received royal assent on June 21.

The House passed Bill C-91, An Act respecting Indigenous languages, on May 9. It will establish a Commissioner of Indigenous Languages and will make official that "The Government of Canada recognizes that the rights of Indigenous peoples recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 include rights related to Indigenous languages."

Bill C-92, An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth and families, having been introduced by the Minister of Indigenous Services, Seamus O'Regan (St. John's South--Mount Pearl) on February 28, was deemed to have passed the House on June 3. It affirms the rights and jurisdiction of Indigenous peoples in relation to child and family services and sets out principles applicable, on a national level, to the provision of child and family services in relation to Indigenous children, such as the best interests of the child, cultural continuity and substantive equality.

The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale (Regina--Wascana) introduced Bill C-93, An Act to provide no-cost, expedited record suspensions for simple possession of cannabis, on March 1. It passed the House on June 9. It amends the Criminal Records Act to, among other things, allow persons who have been convicted under various acts of simple possession of cannabis offences committed before October 17,2018, to apply for a record suspension without having to wait and without any fees.

On May 29, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau (Papineau), introduced Bill C-100, An Act to implement the Agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States. It is intended to:

* implement the agreement between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States, done at Buenos Aires on November 30, 2018;

* set out rules of interpretation;

* provide 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

* amend acts to bring them into conformity with Canada's obligations under the agreement.

The House referred it to the Standing Committee on International Trade on June 20.

Financial Procedures

On June 18, the eighth and final supply day in the period ending June 23, the House...

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