Oil and Gas Ombudsman Act

An Act to establish the Office of the Oil and Gas Ombudsman to investigate complaints relating to the business practices of suppliers of oil or gas

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.

Sponsor

Chris Charlton  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of Feb. 4, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment establishes the Office of the Oil and Gas Ombudsman to receive and investigate complaints about the business practices of oil and gas suppliers. The Ombudsman may investigate complaints and make recommendations to a supplier that is the subject of a complaint. The Ombudsman reports to the Minister of Industry if not satisfied with the response of the oil or gas supplier.

The Ombudsman’s annual report to the House of Commons and any additional reports to that House are referred to the standing committee of the House that normally considers matters related to industry.

Elsewhere

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Oil and Gas Ombudsman ActRoutine Proceedings

February 4th, 2009 / 3:15 p.m.
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NDP

Chris Charlton NDP Hamilton Mountain, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-286, An Act to establish the Office of the Oil and Gas Ombudsman to investigate complaints relating to the business practices of suppliers of oil or gas.

Mr. Speaker, after the unexpected and premature prorogation of the House in December, I am so pleased to finally have the opportunity to reintroduce a bill that would establish the oil and gas ombudsman. The bill is being introduced on behalf of irate consumers who are tired of continually getting hosed at the pumps. As members will recall, the bill would create the office of the oil and gas ombudsman, which would be charged with providing strong and effective consumer protection to ensure that no big business could swindle, cheat or rip off hard-working Canadians.

I am pleased to report that the bill has been endorsed by the Consumers Association of Canada.

Currently, people can only complain to each other about being gouged at the pumps. My bill would create a meaningful vehicle for having those complaints taken seriously, with mechanisms for investigation and remediation to help consumers fight the squeeze.

Since this is not just an issue in my riding of Hamilton Mountain, I am pleased to have my bill seconded by the member for London—Fanshawe. I am hopeful members from all regions of the country, and indeed from all political parties, will endorse my efforts to put an end to highway robbery.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)