An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (management and direction of the Parliamentary Protective Service)

This bill was last introduced in the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2019.

Sponsor

David Graham  Liberal

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

Status

Introduced, as of May 3, 2019
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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This enactment amends the Parliament of Canada Act to update the framework for the exercise of the power of the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons to ensure the physical security services throughout the parliamentary precinct and Parliament Hill and to add a restriction on who may be appointed as Director of the Parliamentary Protective Service.

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Parliament of Canada ActRoutine Proceedings

May 3rd, 2019 / 12:10 p.m.
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Liberal

David Graham Liberal Laurentides—Labelle, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-445, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (management and direction of the Parliamentary Protective Service).

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce a bill that would change subsection 79.55(2) of the Parliament of Canada Act relating to the Parliamentary Protective Service. The act reads, in essence, that “The Director...must be a member of the...[RCMP].” This bill would add the word “not” and mandate that the two Speakers, without outside intervention, would jointly select the director of our integrated security force.

While we appreciate the RCMP's efforts to integrate the security forces, this bill would give the Crown three years to complete the transition back to the House. Nothing in this act would prevent the RCMP from continuing to protect the Prime Minister in the House, nor from calling on the RCMP for backup should the need arise. However, all decisions going forward would belong to the House and Senate rather than to the executive. While it is not a matter for legislation, I hope that this would also allow the designated airspace known as CYR537 to be handed over to the Parliamentary Protective Service.

As I consider this to be, first and foremost, a matter of protecting parliamentary privilege, I ask that this bill be ultimately referred to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.

I thank the member for Hamilton Centre for seconding this bill, demonstrating the cross-party support it will need to move forward.

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