International Treaty Accountability Act

An Act to ensure accountability in respect of Canada’s obligations under international treaties

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.


Paul Dewar  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Feb. 6, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


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

This enactment requires the Minister of Foreign Affairs or any minister responsible for implementing Canada’s international treaty obligations to submit to each House of Parliament a report setting out Canada’s progress in implementing the international treaties to which Canada is a signatory.


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International Treaty Accountability ActRoutine Proceedings

February 6th, 2009 / 12:10 p.m.
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Paul Dewar NDP Ottawa Centre, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-297, An Act to ensure accountability in respect of Canada’s obligations under international treaties.

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Halifax for seconding the bill.

It is important that Canada not only say that it will have accountability but that it must have accountability. This bill would ensure that there is accountability on all international treaties that we sign onto. This is something that the government, when it was in opposition and, in fact, in government, said that it would do. It has not followed through on that and this would ensure that, if passed, it would follow through on its commitment.

It is about time we had accountability in all aspects of government and it would start, obviously, with international obligations.

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