An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (confidence motion)

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.


Bruce Hyer  Independent

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 amends the Parliament of Canada Act to establish the manner in which the House of Commons expresses no confidence in the government.


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Parliament of Canada ActRoutine Proceedings

May 28th, 2013 / 10:05 a.m.
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Bruce Hyer Independent Thunder Bay—Superior North, ON

, seconded by the member for Vancouver Quadra, moved for leave to introduce Bill C-512, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (confidence motion).

He said: Mr. Speaker, in an ongoing attempt to make this House more functional and democratic, I rise to introduce a bill to end the abuse of the convention of confidence in this House.

This bill would curb the excessive power of the Prime Minister to declare any vote a matter of confidence and to play chicken with legislation. It would also mean that budget and money bills are no longer confidence motions by default.

Only a motion that explicitly stated “that this House has no confidence in the government” would trigger a government to fall.

It would allow for a 14-day cooling-off period to re-establish confidence before Parliament would be dissolved. It would also mean the government would actually have to abide by its own fixed election date legislation.

I hope this would lead to greater government accountability, more empowered MPs and more co-operative governance.

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