Treaties Act

An Act respecting the negotiation and conclusion of 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.

Sponsor

Bernard Bigras  Bloc

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

Status

Introduced, as of Dec. 2, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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This enactment does not in any manner limit or affect the royal prerogative of Her Majesty in right of a province with respect to the negotiation and conclusion of treaties in an area under the legislative authority of the legislatures of the provinces.

This enactment provides that the Government of Canada shall inform the governments of foreign countries that a province is able to negotiate and enter into certain treaties.

This enactment requires the Government of Canada to consult the provincial governments before negotiating or concluding a treaty

(a) in an area under the legislative authority of the legislatures of the provinces; or

(b) in a field affecting an area under the legislative authority of the legislatures of the provinces.

This enactment provides that the Government of Canada shall enter into an agreement with each provincial government on the manner in which it shall consult that government and specifying, in the case of Quebec, the relevant mechanisms.

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Treaties ActRoutine Proceedings

December 2nd, 2009 / 3:20 p.m.
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Bloc

Bernard Bigras Bloc Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-486, An Act respecting the negotiation and conclusion of treaties.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a private member's bill to implement the Gérin Lajoie doctrine. Our bill will give Quebec and the provinces the authority to enter into international agreements in their exclusive jurisdictions.

When a treaty pertains to an area of provincial jurisdiction or affects provincial responsibilities, Ottawa can only act if Quebec or the provinces have empowered it to do so.

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