An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act and the Access to Information Act (transparency)

Sponsor

Brian Masse  NDP

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

Status

Introduced, as of March 9, 2016

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Summary

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This enactment amends the Parliament of Canada Act to require the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons to open its meetings, with certain exceptions, to the public. It also amends the Access to Information Act to modernize and clarify the purpose of the Act and to give the Information Commissioner the power to make compliance orders.

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Parliament of Canada ActRoutine Proceedings

March 9th, 2016 / 3:40 p.m.
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NDP

Brian Masse NDP Windsor West, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-248, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act and the Access to Information Act (transparency).

Mr. Speaker, I am grateful to the member for Skeena—Bulkley Valley for seconding the motion for this bill.

I am proud to introduce this legislation. It would amend the Parliament of Canada Act to require the Board of Internal Economy of the House of Commons to open its meetings, with certain exceptions, to the public. It would allow accountability.

It would also amend the Access to Information Act by clarifying the purpose of the act to give the Information Commissioner the power to make compliance orders on request. That is very important. As well, there would be greater accountability to Canadians from all spectra of the country.

Last, I would also remind members that this was previously introduced as Bill C-613 from the member for Papineau. I am hoping it gets support from this House.

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