Government of Canada

Government of Canada

June 19, 2015 12:02 ET

Harper Government Delivers Strongest Legislative Results in Decades

Job Creation, Economic Growth and Keeping Canadians Safe

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 19, 2015) - Today, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, the Honourable Peter Van Loan and Mr. Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, for Official Languages and for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, highlighted the Government's legislative accomplishments in Parliament since being re-elected in 2011. The focus has been on job creation and economic growth, keeping taxes low for hard-working families and protecting Canadians..

"Our approach to Parliament has been productive, hardworking and orderly and it has paid off with real results for Canadians," said Minister Van Loan. "This Parliament alone saw over 160 bills receive Royal Assent, with several more expected to become law in the coming days - making this the most productive Parliament in two decades."

"Under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, we kept our commitments and once again delivered results on the things that matters to Canadians - creating and protecting jobs, keeping taxes low and keeping Canadians and their families safe in a dangerous and uncertain world," said Mr. Gourde.

This spring, the cornerstone of the Government's work in the House of Commons has been the passage of Economic Action Plan 2015 - a low-tax plan that will help to create jobs, spur economic growth, and ensure long-term prosperity for all Canadians.

In addition to five job-creating, low tax budgets, Parliament has also passed several pieces of important legislation benefiting the economy, including:

  • The Combating Counterfeit Products Act, to support the Canadian economy through protecting consumers, manufacturers and retailers from the health and economic threats presented by counterfeit goods coming into Canada;
  • The Pooled Pension Plan Act, to give working Canadians more choices in managing their retirement plans - unlike Justin Trudeau who believes in mandatory expansion of the Canada Pension Plan;
  • The Copyright Modernization Act, to protect and create jobs in Canada's digital economy;
  • The Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act, which gives Western Canadian grain farmers the freedom to choose the timing, the buyer and the price that suits their bottom line for their wheat and barley sales; and
  • The Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act and the Safe and Accountable Rail Act to help Canadian commodities reach their markets - and that they get there safely.

During the course of this Parliament, the Government also passed into law free trade agreements with Jordan, Panama, Honduras and South Korea - together with the free trade agreement with the European Union, the Government has concluded negotiations of trade agreements with 38 countries.

In addition to important economic accomplishments, the Government kept its commitment to keep our streets and communities safe and to ensure the safety and security of Canadians from the ever-evolving threat of jihadi terrorism. The Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 became law. A core piece of legislation, it responds to the evolving threat of jihadi terrorists who are directly threatening Canadians.

"The world is an increasingly dangerous place and Canada is not immune from the threat of terrorism," said Van Loan. "The Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, demonstrates our government's leadership in the global fight against dangerous jihadi terrorists."

Our Government has also chosen to join our allies and fight these terrorist threats with vigilance and real action and as a result introduced a motion to extend and expand Canada's mission to counter the global terrorist threat of ISIS.

In addition to the Government's 117 legislative measures, at least 40 private Member's bills will become law before Parliament rises.

"This Parliament has 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," added Minister Van Loan. "Under Prime Minister Harper's leadership, more than three times as many private Members' bills have become law than under any other Prime Minister."

A backgrounder outlining 41st Parliament's legislative accomplishments is attached.

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

Royal Assent and Private Members' Motions Adopted: 41st Parliament (as of June 18, 2015)

Government Bills Private Members' Bills Private Bills Private Members' Motions
First Session 61 19 3 10
Second Session 56 21 1 20
TOTAL 117 40 4 30

41st Parliament, 1st Session

Government Bills (61)

  • C-2, Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act
  • C-3, Supporting Vulnerable Seniors and Strengthening Canada's Economy Act
  • C-6, Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act
  • C-8, Appropriation Act No. 1, 2011-12
  • C-9, Appropriation Act No. 2, 2011-12
  • C-10, Safe Streets and Communities Act
  • C-11, Copyright Modernization Act
  • C-13, Keeping Canada's Economy and Jobs Growing Act
  • C-15, Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act
  • C-16, Security of Tenure of Military Judges Act
  • C-18, Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act
  • C-19, Ending the Long-gun Registry Act
  • C-20, Fair Representation Act
  • C-22, Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement Act
  • C-23, Canada-Jordan Economic Growth and Prosperity Act
  • C-24, Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act
  • C-25, Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act
  • C-26, Citizen's Arrest and Self-defence Act
  • C-27, First Nations Financial Transparency Act
  • C-28, Financial Literacy Leader Act
  • C-29, Appropriation Act No. 3, 2011-12
  • C-31, Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act
  • C-32, Civil Marriage of Non-residents Act
  • C-33, Protecting Air Service Act
  • C-34, Appropriation Act No. 4, 2011-12
  • C-35, Appropriation Act No. 1, 2012-13
  • C-36, Protecting Canada's Seniors Act
  • C-37, Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act
  • C-38, Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act
  • C-39, Restoring Rail Service Act
  • C-40, Appropriation Act No. 2, 2012-13
  • C-41, Appropriation Act No. 3, 2012-13
  • C-42, Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act
  • C-43, Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act
  • C-44, Helping Families in Need Act
  • C-45, Jobs and Growth Act, 2012
  • C-46, Pension Reform Act
  • C-47, Northern Jobs and Growth Act
  • C-48, Technical Tax Amendments Act, 2012
  • C-50, Appropriation Act No. 4, 2012-13
  • C-51, Safer Witnesses Act
  • C-52, Fair Rail Freight Service Act
  • C-53, Succession to the Throne Act, 2013
  • C-55, Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act
  • C-58, Appropriation Act No. 5, 2012-13
  • C-59, Appropriation Act No. 1, 2013-14
  • C-60, Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 1
  • C-62, Yale First Nation Final Agreement Act
  • C-63, Appropriation Act No. 2, 2013-14
  • C-64, Appropriation Act No. 3, 2013-14
  • S-2, Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act
  • S-3, Federal Law-Civil Law Harmonization Act, No. 3
  • S-4, Safer Railways Act
  • S-5, Financial System Review Act
  • S-7, Combating Terrorism Act
  • S-8, Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act
  • S-9, Nuclear Terrorism Act
  • S-11, Safe Food for Canadians Act
  • S-14, Fighting Foreign Corruption Act
  • S-15, Expansion and Conservation of Canada's National Parks Act
  • S-17, Tax Conventions Implementation Act, 2013

41st Parliament, 2nd Session

Government Bills (56)

  • C-2, Respect for Communities Act
  • C-3, Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act
  • C-4, Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2
  • C-5, Offshore Health and Safety Act
  • C-6, Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act
  • C-7, Canadian Museum of History Act
  • C-8, Combating Counterfeit Products Act
  • C-9, First Nations Election Act
  • C-10, Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act
  • C-12, Drug-Free Prisons Act
  • C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act
  • C-14, Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act
  • C-15, Northwest Territories Devolution Act
  • C-16, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Governance Act
  • C-17, Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act (Vanessa's Law)
  • C-18, Agricultural Growth Act
  • C-19, Appropriation Act No. 4, 2013-14
  • C-20, Canada-Honduras Economic Growth and Prosperity Act
  • C-21, Red Tape Reduction Act
  • C-22, Energy Safety and Security Act
  • C-23, Fair Elections Act
  • C-24, Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act
  • C-25, Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Act
  • C-26, Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act
  • C-27, Veterans Hiring Act
  • C-28, Appropriation Act No. 5, 2013-14
  • C-29, Appropriation Act No. 1, 2014-15
  • C-30, Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act
  • C-31, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1
  • C-32, Victims Bill of Rights Act
  • C-34, Tla'amin Final Agreement Act
  • C-36, Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act
  • C-37, Riding Name Change Act, 2014
  • C-38, Appropriation Act No. 2, 2014-15
  • C-39, Appropriation Act No. 3, 2014-15
  • C-40, Rouge National Urban Park Act
  • C-41, Canada-Korea Economic Growth and Prosperity Act
  • C-42, Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act
  • C-43, Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2
  • C-44, Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act
  • C-45, Appropriation Act No. 4, 2014-15
  • C-46, Pipeline Safety Act
  • C-47, Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 2014
  • C-51, Anti-terrorism Act, 2015
  • C-52, Safe and Accountable Rail Act
  • C-54, Appropriation Act No. 5, 2014-15
  • C-55, Appropriation Act No. 1, 2015-16
  • C-63, Déline Final Self-Government Agreement Act
  • C-66, Appropriation Act No. 2, 2015-16
  • C-67, Appropriation Act No. 3, 2015-16
  • S-2, Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act
  • S-3, Port State Measures Agreement Implementation Act
  • S-4, Digital Privacy Act
  • S-5, Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve Act
  • S-6, Yukon and Nunavut Regulatory Improvement Act
  • S-7, Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act

41st Parliament, 1st Session

Private Members' Bills (19)

  • C-278, Purple Day Act (Hon. Geoff Regan: Halifax West, Nova Scotia)
  • C-288, National Flag of Canada Act (John Carmichael: Don Valley West, Ontario)
  • C-293, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (vexatious complainants) (Roxanne James: Scarborough Centre, Ontario)
  • C-299, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person) (David Wilks: Kootenay-Columbia, British Columbia)
  • C-300, Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention Act (Harold Albrecht: Kitchener-Conestoga, Ontario)
  • C-304, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom) (Brian Storseth: Westlock-St. Paul, Alberta)
  • C-309, Preventing Persons from Concealing Their Identity during Riots and Unlawful Assemblies Act (Blake Richards: Wild Rose, Alberta)
  • C-310, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons) (Joy Smith: Kildonan-St. Paul, Manitoba)
  • C-311, An Act to amend the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (interprovincial importation of wine for personal use) (Dan Albas: Okanagan-Coquihalla, British Columbia)
  • C-313, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (non-corrective contact lenses) (Patricia Davidson: Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario)
  • C-316, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration) (Richard Harris: Cariboo-Prince George, British Columbia)
  • C-321, An Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act (library materials) (Merv Tweed: Brandon-Souris, Manitoba)
  • C-370, An Act to amend the Canada National Parks Act (St. Lawrence Islands National Park of Canada) (Gordon Brown: Leeds-Grenville, Ontario)
  • C-383, Transboundary Waters Protection Act (Larry Miller: Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, Ontario)
  • C-419, Language Skills Act (Alexandrine Latendresse: Louis-Saint-Laurent, Québec)
  • S-201, National Philanthropy Day Act (Hon. Geoff Regan: Halifax West, Nova Scotia)
  • S-206, World Autism Awareness Day Act (Harold Albrecht: Kitchener---Conestoga, Ontario)
  • S-209, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights) (Massimo Pacetti: Saint-Léonard---Saint-Michel, Québec)
  • S-213, Korean War Veterans Day Act (Blain Calkins: Wetaskiwin, Alberta)

41st Parliament, 2nd Session

Private Members' Bills (21)

  • C-217, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials) (David Tilson: Dufferin-Caledon, Ontario)
  • C-247, Main Point of Contact with the Government of Canada in case of Death Act (Frank Valeriote: Guelph, Ontario)
  • C-266, Pope John Paul II Day Act (Wladyslaw Lizon: Mississauga East-Cooksville, Ontario)
  • C-394, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment) (Parm Gill: Brampton-Springdale, Ontario)
  • C-428, Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act (Rob Clarke: Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, Saskatchewan)
  • C-442, Federal Framework on Lyme Disease Act (Elizabeth May: Saanich-Gulf Islands, British Columbia)
  • C-444, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer) (Earl Dreeshen: Red Deer, Alberta)
  • C-452, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons) (Maria Mourani: Ahuntsic, Québec)
  • C-462, Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act (Cheryl Gallant: Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, Ontario)
  • C-479, An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders (David Sweet: Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Ontario)
  • C-483, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (escorted temporary absence) (Dave MacKenzie: Oxford, Ontario)
  • C-489, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (restrictions on offenders) (Mark Warawa: Langley, British Columbia)
  • C-501, National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day Act (Rick Norlock: Northumberland-Quinte West, Ontario)
  • C-525, Employees' Voting Rights Act (Blaine Calkins: Wetaskiwin, Alberta)
  • C-555, An Act respecting the Marine Mammal Regulations (seal fishery observation licence) (Greg Kerr: West Nova, Nova Scotia)
  • C-591, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act (pension and benefits) (Dave Van Kesteren: Chatham-Kent-Essex, Ontario)
  • S-211, National Health and Fitness Day Act (John Weston: West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country: British Columbia)
  • S-213, Lincoln Alexander Day Act (David Sweet: Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Ontario)
  • S-218, National Fiddling Day Act (Tilly O'Neill Gordon: Miramichi, New Brunswick)
  • S-219, Journey to Freedom Day Act (Mark Adler: York Centre, Ontario)
  • S-221, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (assaults against public transit operators) (Corneliu Chisu: Pickering-Scarborough East, Ontario)

41st Parliament, 1st Session

Private Members' Motions (10)

  • M-230, Anaphylaxis (Dean Allison: Niagara West-Glanbrook, Ontario)
  • M-269, Financial literacy (James Rajotte: Edmonton-Leduc, Alberta)
  • M-274, Multiple sclerosis (Leon Benoit: Vegreville-Wainwright, Alberta)
  • M-315, Income inequality (Hon. Scott Brison: Kings-Hants, Nova Scotia)
  • M-319, Children's health (Royal Galipeau: Ottawa-Orléans, Ontario)
  • M-331, Housing (Réjean Genest: Shefford, Québec)
  • M-382, Religious freedom (Bev Shipley: (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, Ontario)
  • M-387, Blue Sky Policy (Hon. Rob Moore: Fundy Royal, New Brunswick)
  • M-388, Firefighters (Hon. Ralph Goodale: Wascana, Saskatchewan)
  • M-412, Lower Churchill hydroelectric projects (Jay Aspin: Nipissing-Timiskaming, Ontario)

41st Parliament, 2nd Session

Private Members' Motions (20)

  • M-425, Obesity (Mike Wallace: Burlington, Ontario)
  • M-428, Electronic petitions (Kennedy Stewart: Burnaby-Douglas, British Columbia)
  • M-430, Strengthening employment of persons with disabilities (Phil McColeman: Brant, Ontario)
  • M-431, Election of committee chairs (Brad Trost: Saskatoon-Humboldt, Saskatchewan)
  • M-448, Afghan Veterans Monument (Ray Boughen: Palliser, Saskatchewan)
  • M-455, Homelessness (Peter Goldring: Edmonton East, Alberta)
  • M-456, Pan-Canadian Palliative and End-of-life Care Strategy (Charlie Angus: Timmins-James Bay, Ontario)
  • M-489, Election of the Speaker (Scott Reid: Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington, Ontario)
  • M-496, Dairy producers (Ruth Ellen Brosseau: Berthier-Maskinongé, Québec)
  • M-502, Georgian Bay Channel to Lock 45 - Port Severn (Bruce Stanton: Simcoe North, Ontario)
  • M-504, Violence against women (Bryan Hayes: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)
  • M-505, Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Stella Ambler: Mississauga South, Ontario)
  • M-532, Care for veterans (Hon. Laurie Hawn: Edmonton Centre, Alberta)
  • M-534, Child poverty (Rathika Sitsabaiesan: Scarborough-Rouge River, Ontario)
  • M-545, Stratford Festival (Gary Schellenberger: Perth-Wellington, Ontario)
  • M-550, Rail service (Hon. Mark Eyking: Sydney-Victoria, Nova Scotia)
  • M-553, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (Pierre-Luc Dusseault: Sherbrooke, Québec)
  • M-575, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias (Ben Lobb: Huron-Bruce, Ontario)
  • M-587, Genocide recognition (Brad Butt: Mississauga-Streetsville, Ontario)
  • M-590, Free votes (Ed Komarnicki: Souris-Moose Mountain, Saskatchewan)

41st Parliament, 1st Session

Private Bills (3)

  • S-1001, An Act respecting Queen's University at Kingston
  • S-1002, An Act to authorize the Industrial Alliance Pacific General Insurance Corporation to apply to be continued as a body corporate under the laws of Quebec
  • S-1003, An Act to authorize Industrial Alliance Pacific Insurance and Financial Services Inc. to apply to be continued as a body corporate under the laws of Quebec

41st Parliament, 2nd Session

Private Bills (1)

  • S-1001, An Act to amend the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Act

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