An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Parliament of Canada Act (Speakership of the Senate)

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


Second reading (Senate), as of March 10, 2015
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment amends the Constitution Act, 1867 to provide for the election of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the Senate. It further amends the Constitution Act, 1867 to provide for a voting procedure in the Senate similar to the one used in the House of Commons, where the elected Speaker of that House may not vote except when the votes on a question are equally divided.

The enactment also makes related amendments to the Parliament of Canada Act.


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Federal Public Sector Labour Relations ActGovernment Orders

March 22nd, 2016 / 3:25 p.m.
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Tom Lukiwski Conservative Moose Jaw—Lake Centre—Lanigan, SK

Madam Speaker, it is quite obvious. The most democratic way to approach this is by secret ballots.

Would the member opposite suggest that in her position as a member of Parliament, she be elected by a show of hands or the signing of a petition? I suggest not. Why, then, should union members be forced to avoid and abandon a secret ballot environment? Why should union members, and only union members, be forced into an anti-democratic position? That is exactly what this is.

Bill C-525 simply allowed union members to determine their own fate by a secret ballot. The most democratic way to approach any vote should be by secret ballot to avoid intimidation tactics.

I would point out to the member opposite that if she is talking about true democracy, the Liberals are going about it in exactly the wrong manner.