Government of Canada

Government of Canada

December 12, 2013 12:12 ET

Harper Government Delivers Record Results for Canadians

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 12, 2013) - Today, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, the Honourable Peter Van Loan and the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, the Honourable Denis Lebel, outlined the Government's legislative accomplishments in 2013.

"We have concluded our most productive year on record," said Minister Van Loan. "Later today 40 bills will have received Royal Assent this year, delivering real results for Canadians by strengthening our economy, creating jobs and supporting families."

This year's budget, Economic Action Plan 2013 contained specific measures to create jobs for Canadians. The Government passed Bill C-4, the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2, including measures which will:

  • expand the hiring credit for small business, which will benefit an estimated 560,000 employers;
  • freeze employment insurance premium rates
  • close tax loopholes and take action on tax evasion;
  • improve the temporary foreign worker program; and
  • modernize the student loans program.

"Not only have we implemented the job-creating measures of Economic Action Plan 2013, but we have continued to build on our record that has seen the creation of over one million net new jobs since the economic down turn."

With a total of 40 bills becoming law this year, the Harper Government has set a new record for itself, passing more bills than in any other calendar year since taking office. The Government also made progress on bills that will meet its Throne Speech commitments. These include bills that:

  • combat harmful online harassment and exploitation;
  • protect Canadians from unsafe drugs;
  • support injured veterans with priority consideration for public service jobs;
  • stand up for victims of crime;
  • grant greater decision-making powers to the Northwest Territories; and
  • make our prisons safer for our correctional officers.

In addition to the Government's legislative measures, the House of Commons has adopted many private Members' bills and motions. In fact, this Parliament has seen a record number of substantive private Members' bills become law. Already, 19 have achieved Royal Assent on subjects ranging from tackling crime to removing interprovincial trade barriers.

"On top of everything we have accomplished, this year in Parliament has also been marked by an unprecedented level of individual Members of Parliament bringing forward and passing ideas which are very important to them and their constituents," concluded Minister Van Loan. "Even as reflect on our success today, we are preparing to do more for the economy, keeping communities safe, and building a stronger Canada."

For more information on the Government's legislative agenda, please consult:

January to December 2013

Report on Legislation

Bills that have received Royal Assent:

C-4 Economic Action Plan 2013, No. 2 - December 12, 2013 (to be confirmed)

The Act implements key measures from Economic Action Plan 2013, as well as certain previously announced tax measures, to help create jobs, stimulate economic growth and secure Canada's long-term prosperity. Measures in the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, include: extending and expanding the Hiring Credit for Small Business; increasing and indexing the Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption; expanding the accelerated capital cost allowance; and freezing Employment Insurance premium rates for three years.

C-7 Canadian Museum of History Act - December 12, 2013 (to be confirmed)

Amends the Museums Act to create the Canadian Museum of History. The Canadian Museum of History will provide today's citizens and future generations with an opportunity to appreciate how Canada's identity has been shaped over the course of our history.

C-15 Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act - June 19, 2013

Continues the process of ongoing improvements to the military justice system, the military police complaints process and the grievance process.

C-19 Appropriation Act No. 4, 2013-14 - December 12, 2013 (to be confirmed)

Provides money for the operation of the public service of Canada for the financial year ending March 31, 2014 (Supplementary Estimates (B)).

C-27 First Nations Financial Transparency Act - March 27, 2013

Supports democratic, transparent and accountable First Nation governments by requiring them to publically publish the salaries and expenses of their chiefs and councillors and their audited consolidated financial statements.

C-28 Financial Literacy Leader Act - March 27, 2013

Strengthens the financial literacy of Canadians by providing for the appointment of a Financial Literacy Leader and expanding the responsibilities of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada to include collaborating and coordinating with stakeholders to contribute to and support initiatives that achieve this objective.

C-32 Civil Marriage of Non-residents Act - June 19, 2013

Amends the Civil Marriage Act, to provide an avenue for dissolution of marriages between non-residents performed in Canada.

C-37 Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act - June 19, 2013

Makes convicted offenders more accountable to victims of crime by doubling the victim surcharge that offenders must pay, and ensures that the surcharge is automatically applied in all cases.

C-42 Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act - June 19, 2013

Helps modernize the RCMP's discipline, grievance and human resource management framework, provides the Commissioner the direct authority to discharge members for various non-disciplinary administrative reasons, creates a modern and independent Civilian Review and Complaints Commission, and establishes a statutory framework for handling criminal investigations of serious incidents involving RCMP members.

C-43 Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act - June 19, 2013

Expedites the removal of foreign criminals from Canada and enhances the safety and security of Canadians by making it easier for the Government to remove dangerous foreign criminals from the country, making it harder for those who may pose a risk to Canada to enter the country in the first place, and removing barriers for genuine visitors who want to come to Canada.

C-47 Northern Jobs and Growth Act - June 19, 2013

The bill includes the Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act and the Northwest Territories Surface Rights Board Act, along with amendments related to the Yukon Surface Rights Board Act which, together, fulfil outstanding legislative obligations under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement as well as the Gwich'in and Sahtu Land Claim Agreements. Helps create a more stable investment climate in the North by increasing the predictability and efficiency of the review process for major northern projects.

C-48 Technical Tax Amendments, 2012 - June 19, 2013

Implements a comprehensive package of technical income tax amendments. It covers a significant backlog of outstanding measures that need to be addressed to provide certainty for Canadian taxpayers.

C-51 Safer Witnesses Act - June 19, 2013

Enhances the program and provides better service to other witness protection programs by improving processes to obtain secure identity changes for witnesses in the provincial program; broadening prohibitions against the disclosure of information; expanding admissions for national security, national defence and public safety sources; and extending the amount of time emergency protection may be provided.

C-52 Fair Rail Freight Service Act - June 19, 2013

Gives companies that ship goods by rail the right to a service agreement with railways, and creates an arbitration process to establish an agreement when commercial negotiations fail.

C-53 Succession to the Throne Act, 2013 - March 27, 2013

Provides Canada's assent to changes that will enshrine gender equality and freedom to marry an individual of another faith in the laws governing the Royal line of succession.

C-55 Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act - March 27, 2013

Responds to the Supreme Court of Canada decision in R. v. Tse; by adding new privacy safeguards to the Criminal Code's existing provision for wiretaps in situations of imminent harm.

C-58 Appropriation Act No. 5, 2012-13 - March 27, 2013

Provides money for the operation of the public service of Canada for the financial year ending March 31, 2013 (Supplementary Estimates (C)).

C-59 Appropriation Act No. 1, 2013-14 - March 27, 2013

Provides money for the operation of the public service of Canada for the financial year ending March 31, 2014 (interim supply).

C-60 Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1 - June 19, 2013

Proposes to legislate key elements of Economic Action Plan 2013, including tax relief for investments in new manufacturing machinery and equipment, indexing the Gas Tax Fund to offer stable, predictable funding for municipal infrastructure, improvements to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, and a new Canada Job Grant.

C-62 Yale First Nation Final Agreement Act - June 19, 2013

Ratifies the Yale First Nation Final Agreement, which brings certainty to the ownership and use of lands and resources in the area, creates opportunities for Yale First Nation and provides predictability for continued development and growth in British Columbia.

C- 63 Appropriation Act No. 2, 2013-14 - June 19, 2013

Provides money for the operation of the public service of Canada for the financial year ending March 31, 2014 (Main Estimates).

C-64 Appropriation Act No. 3, 2013-14 - June 19, 2013

Provides money for the operation of the public service of Canada for the financial year ending March 31, 2014 (Supplementary Estimates (A)).

S-2 Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act - June 19, 2013

Seeks to provide basic rights and protections to individuals on reserves during the relationship, in the event of a relationship breakdown, and on the death of a spouse or common-law partner regarding the family home and other matrimonial interests or rights.

S-7 Combating Terrorism Act - April 25, 2013

Ensures that Canada has the tools it needs to combat crime and terrorism and protect its citizens.

S-8 Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act - June 19, 2013

Allows the federal Government, in collaboration with First Nations, to develop federal regulations for access to safe drinking water, and ensures the effective treatment of wastewater and the protection of sources of drinking water on First Nation lands.

S-9 Nuclear Terrorism Act - June 19, 2013

Creates a number of new offences related to nuclear terrorism.

S-14 Fighting Foreign Corruption Act - June 19, 2013

Deters and prevents Canadian companies from bribing foreign public officials. Ensures that Canadian companies continue to act in good faith in the pursuit of freer markets and expanded global trade. Makes it a criminal offence in Canada for persons or companies to bribe foreign public officials to obtain or retain an advantage in the course of international business.

S-15 Expansion and Conservation of Canada's National Parks Act - June 19, 2013

Protects Sable Island for present and future generations under the Canada National Parks Act, Canada's strongest legislation for the protection of natural areas.

S-17 Tax Conventions Implementation Act, 2013 - June 19, 2013

Implements conventions, protocols, agreements and a supplementary convention, concluded between Canada and Namibia, Serbia, Poland, Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Switzerland, for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes.

Private Members' Bills that Received Royal Assent:

C-293 An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (Vexatious Complainants)

C-299 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person)

C-304 An Act yo amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom)

C-309 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (concealment of identity)

C-316 An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration)

C-321 An Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act (library materials)

C-370 An Act to amend the Canada National Parks Act (St. Lawrence Islands National Park of Canada)

C-383 An Act to amend the International Boundary Waters Treaty Act and the International River Improvements Act (Transboundary Waters Protection Act)

C-419 An Act respecting language skills

S-209 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Prize Fights)

S-213 An Act respecting a national day of remembrance to honour Canadian veterans of the Korean War (Korean War Veterans Day Act)

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