An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (public institutions)


Charlie Angus  NDP

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


Outside the Order of Precedence (a private member's bill that hasn't yet won the draw that determines which private member's bills can be debated), as of Dec. 1, 2022

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This enactment amends the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to exclude certain public institutions from their application.


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Bankruptcy and Insolvency ActRoutine Proceedings

December 1st, 2022 / 10:05 a.m.
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Charlie Angus NDP Timmins—James Bay, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-309, An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (public institutions).

Mr. Speaker, I am certain anyone who read the Ontario auditor general's report on the financial disaster at Laurentian University understands the importance of protecting public institutions from ever being exploited through the bankruptcy protection act.

What happened at Laurentian was a debacle. We now know that this was not an accident. The administration and lawyers deliberately chose bankruptcy protection. In doing so, they trashed the careers of numerous academics, destroyed programs that took years to build up, and damaged the career trajectory of over 1,000 students. It will take years to restore the confidence there once was.

We need to ensure that the bankruptcy protection act is never used against institutions that receive public funding, whether it is hospitals, universities or health care centres. This cannot be a tactic used by right-wing governments at the provincial level to undermine public investment in key institutions, like what happened at Laurentian University.

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