An Act respecting democratic constitutional change

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.


Craig Scott  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment requires the Government of Canada to enter into negotiations with the Government of Quebec if the latter submits to its voters in a referendum a clear question concerning a constitutional change and the majority of valid votes cast are in favour of the proposed change. It also replaces chapter 26 of the Statutes of Canada, 2000.


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An Act Respecting Democratic Constitutional ChangeRoutine Proceedings

January 28th, 2013 / 3:05 p.m.
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Craig Scott NDP Toronto—Danforth, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-470, An Act respecting democratic constitutional change.

Mr. Speaker, I wish to introduce an NDP bill, seconded by the hon. member for Trois-Rivières, concerning democratic constitutional change.

This bill would replace the Clarity Act, which is a very limited interpretation of the Supreme Court's opinion on secession. Our bill, in contrast, is based more closely on the principles expressed by the court. The bill also reflects this House's recognition that Quebeckers constitute a nation within Canada.

This bill shows that the NDP is focused on the future. We are working to build a stronger Canada that recognizes and includes Quebec as an essential part of our federation.

We believe that a stronger Canada cannot be imposed, nor can it be achieved by divisive policies. This is our vision of democratic federalism.

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