SEPT 2023 - GOVERNING AT THE SPEED OF PARLIAMENT: LEGISLATIVE DURATION IN
18 September 2023
2 On 13 March 2020, the House of Commons adopted a motion that read in part, “a bill in the name of the Minister of Finance, entitled An Act to amend the Financial Administration Act (special warrant), be deemed to have been introduced and read a first time, deemed read a second time and referred to a committee of the whole on division, deemed considered in committee of the whole, deemed reported. [...] The bill was discussed over the course of several sittings in the House, was the subject of four committee meetings in the House, and ultimately died in the Senate after being discussed on eight separate sitting days. [...] Considerations Affecting Legislative Duration Numerous variables affect the journey of any piece of legislation through Parliament, including the following: the type of bill (i.e., government bill, non-government public bill, or private bill) and the time allotted for the consideration of that type of bill in the parliamentary schedule, the parliamentary procedures used to advance a bill (e.g., ti. [...] (The House cannot deem certain stages of Senate debate to be dispensed with or vice versa.) In the case of the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session, the adopted motion read as follows: That during the first thirty sitting days of the present session of Parliament, whenever a Minister of the Crown, when proposing a motion for first reading of a public bill, states that the said bill is in the same form as. [...] To that end, the government’s 2017 “white paper” regarding reform of the House of Commons included the suggestion of the “application of a ‘Made-in- Canada’ programming scheme for Government bills, motions and for the handling of Senate amendments (Government of Canada, 2017).