Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1

An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 7, 2022 and other measures

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Status

In committee (House), as of May 10, 2022

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Votes

May 10, 2022 Passed 2nd reading of Bill C-19, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 7, 2022 and other measures
May 10, 2022 Failed 2nd reading of Bill C-19, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 7, 2022 and other measures (reasoned amendment)
May 10, 2022 Failed 2nd reading of Bill C-19, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 7, 2022 and other measures (subamendment)
May 9, 2022 Passed Time allocation for Bill C-19, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on April 7, 2022 and other measures

TaxationOral Questions

May 20th, 2022 / 12:10 p.m.
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Bloc

Gabriel Ste-Marie Bloc Joliette, QC

Madam Speaker, the luxury tax in the budget bill is flawed.

Rather than taxing billionaires who buy private jets, the government is taxing our aerospace industry and putting it at a disadvantage in relation to its foreign competitors. Everyone agrees on that.

The government is working hard to get us to pass Bill C‑19 as quickly as possible, but there is nothing to indicate that the government is working just as hard to remedy the problems with its luxury tax.

Will the government commit to making changes to Bill C‑19 to prevent it from undermining Quebec and its leading industry?

May 16th, 2022 / 1:05 p.m.
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Liberal

The Chair Liberal Peter Fonseca

Thank you, MP Dzerowicz.

Thank you to our excellent witnesses for your remarks. Your many answers to the many questions by members were really appreciated in informing us about Bill C-19. On behalf of the members, the clerk, the analyst, and everybody here who helps with this production, thank you very much to all for joining us.

The meeting is adjourned.

May 16th, 2022 / 1 p.m.
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Liberal

The Chair Liberal Bobby Morrissey

Thank you, Madame Martinez Ferrada.

Thank you to all of the witnesses for appearing today and for providing the valuable testimony that you have during your time in this meeting. You can see that an hour is a short period of time for this very important topic.

Before the committee adjourns, I would ask for a few minutes on committee business to consider a request that this committee has received from FINA.

The witnesses may leave.

Committee members, could give me your indulgence for five minutes?

On Thursday, FINA, the finance committee, adopted a motion inviting HUMA to consider the subject matter of part 5, divisions 26, 27, 29 and 32, of Bill C-19. This would have to be done by Friday of next week, if we are going to consider it.

The finance committee will still review the sections of the bill in clause-by-clause, amend it where they choose and approve it. HUMA is being asked to review it and provide recommendations, if we so choose. Having said that, if we're going to do it, we would possibly have to sit during the constituency week.

I'm at the direction of the committee members. The finance committee will still review it.

Madame Chabot has her hand up, and next is Madam Kusie.

We have Madame Chabot.

May 16th, 2022 / 12:50 p.m.
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Bloc

Gabriel Ste-Marie Bloc Joliette, QC

The government really needs to consider the provisions in question if it wants to support a booming industry made up of artisanal cider makers. It should encourage producers and make sure that the legislation does not have a negative impact on them.

Mr. Rooke, in your opening statement, you spoke about how the excise duty the government is imposing through Bill C‑19 could negatively affect the industry.

Can you talk more about those negative consequences?

May 16th, 2022 / 12:30 p.m.
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Liberal

Sophie Chatel Liberal Pontiac, QC

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Thank you to the witnesses for being here today. Their input on Bill C‑19 is very helpful.

Mr. Hinton, I was especially struck by what you said about the lack of Canadian intellectual property.

We've seen small and medium-size businesses in Quebec come up with innovative products. As soon as the product becomes commercially viable and profitable, however, the business is bought by an American company most of the time.

Do you have any recommendations on how to improve that situation, and keep Canadian businesses and their intellectual property in Canada?

May 16th, 2022 / 12:25 p.m.
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Conservative

Dan Albas Conservative Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola, BC

I would like to ask you about that, because certainly there is a bottling deadline. Enter Bill C-19, in the English on page 106, subclause 129(2) says, "Subsection (1) comes into force, or is deemed to have come into force, on June 30, 2022, but does not apply to wine packaged before that day". That also could mean cider.

Are your members aware that anything that is bottled as of July 1 will have this extra excise tax added to it?

May 16th, 2022 / 12:25 p.m.
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Conservative

Dan Albas Conservative Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola, BC

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Thank you to all of our presenters today for your expertise and individual opinions and for wanting to come and share what Bill C-19 means to some of the stakeholders out there.

I'm going to start with Mr. Rooke.

Mr. Rooke, in my riding we have wineries, absolutely, but we also have cideries like Left Field Cider Company just outside Logan Lake, Dominion Cider, Millionaires' Row, Summerland Heritage Cider, and NOMAD Cider, and that's only in Summerland and Logan Lake. There are others.

I want to talk to you a little bit about the trade challenge that has been the reason the government says we have to make these amendments to the Excise Act, especially to the sections on wine.

My understanding is that the government completely capitulated to the Australians and didn't fight it in the WTO. That's where we are. Unfortunately for you, because your industry is defined under the Excise Act as being under wine, you were thrown in there indiscriminately.

May 16th, 2022 / 12:15 p.m.
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Bloc

Gabriel Ste-Marie Bloc Joliette, QC

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Life is better when you live next to a lake, but unfortunately, people in the regions often have to deal with connectivity issues. That is still a huge problem.

My next question is for Mr. Rooke, of Cider Canada.

Mr. Rooke, I am really impressed by the quality of the cider our craftspeople produce. In the past few years, product quality has been tremendous. My latest discovery is a cider produced by Qui Sème Récolte, a business in Saint‑Jean‑de‑Matha. Not only is the industry booming, but it's also a source of great pride.

I want to make sure I understand the problem. Bill C‑19 would restore the excise duty on wine, further to a World Trade Organization, or WTO, ruling in a dispute between Canada and Australia.

As I understand it, the dispute had to do with grape-based wine. The problem is that Ottawa doesn't distinguish between wine made from grapes and other alcoholic beverages such as cider and mead, so the excise duty will apply to your members.

Do I have that right?

May 16th, 2022 / 12:05 p.m.
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NDP

Daniel Blaikie NDP Elmwood—Transcona, MB

Thank you very much. That's very much appreciated.

I want to go next to Mr. Cochrane.

You said that you had hoped for the opportunity to talk a bit about some of the housing measures that are contained in the budget implementation act. I wanted to make sure that you got some time to do that.

May 16th, 2022 / noon
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NDP

Daniel Blaikie NDP Elmwood—Transcona, MB

Thank you.

Thanks to all our witnesses for appearing here today.

Mr. Strickland, I want to start first of all by congratulating the Canadian building trades for getting the building trades tax proposal over the finish line. I know that it's something the building trades have worked on with a lot of my NDP colleagues over the years and, of course, members from other parties as well. Congratulations to you on that.

I just wondered if you had any comment on the specific wording of the budget implementation act and on anything that you think needs to change in the wording. My impression is that it's a pretty decent representation of what you've asked for, but I wanted to give you a quick opportunity for some reflections there.

May 16th, 2022 / 11:55 a.m.
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Bloc

Gabriel Ste-Marie Bloc Joliette, QC

Thank you, Mr. MacDonald.

When I compare Bill C‑19 with Bill S‑216, my take-away is that the Department of Finance was concerned that certain provisions of Bill S‑216 could be abused, making it possible for resources to be used for a non-charitable purpose. That is problematic from an accountability standpoint. I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Do you think ill-intentioned people would be able to use charitable donations for non-charitable purposes?

The prescriptive nature of this legislation seems to be borrowed from the American law. Are we to understand that the American model is the best way to oversee a charitable partnership system?

May 16th, 2022 / 11:55 a.m.
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Bloc

Gabriel Ste-Marie Bloc Joliette, QC

Thank you, Mr. MacDonald.

You also suggested amendments to the bill that the committee could recommend. I want you to know that they will certainly be discussed by the committee.

You referred to a shared platform. Can you tell us more about that?

How do the changes made under Bill C‑19 affect charitable partnerships of that nature?

May 16th, 2022 / 11:55 a.m.
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President and Chief Executive Officer, Imagine Canada

Bruce MacDonald

Thank you for being patient.

I am going to respond in English.

It's really important as we are on the cusp of how Canada is changing to be able to evolve with that.

As we seek to address long-term issues of truth and reconciliation, systemic inequities, we find that many of the organizations that are serving those communities are, in fact, non-qualified donees. It is essential that the language of Bill C-19 be amended to enable these organizations to engage with charitable organizations so that they can create innovative, unique solutions while not reducing accountability to be able to provide service to those groups—their stakeholders, their constituents—and to ensure that we're moving forward as a nation.

May 16th, 2022 / 11:55 a.m.
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Bloc

Gabriel Ste-Marie Bloc Joliette, QC

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Thank you for that, Mr. Blaikie.

I'd like to thank all the witnesses for being with us today. Their opening statements were very informative.

My first questions are for Mr. MacDonald.

Mr. MacDonald, my understanding is that the measures in Bill C‑19 are inadequate. Bill S‑216 would actually do a better job of meeting the needs expressed by various organizations.

How would Bill C‑19 impact equity-seeking groups wanting to work with charities?

May 16th, 2022 / 11:45 a.m.
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Bloc

Gabriel Ste-Marie Bloc Joliette, QC

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

My first questions are for Mr. MacDonald, from Imagine Canada. Then, I will have questions for Mr. Rooke, from Cider Canada.

I want to begin by thanking all the witnesses for being here today. I really appreciated their opening statements, which were all very informative, especially Mr. Cochrane's.

Mr. MacDonald, we had an opportunity to meet with representatives of your organization to discuss the problems with Bill C‑19 at greater length. My understanding is that you would prefer Bill S‑216, because it does a better job of meeting the needs of the organizations you represent.

How do you think Bill C‑19 would impact equity-seeking groups wanting to work with charities?