My name is Isabelle D'Souza. I'm a legislative counsel at the Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel. I am the person assigned to Bill C-5 regarding the drafting of amendments. If you plan to submit requests for amendments to this bill, please forward them to me as soon as possible.
Please be advised that all our exchanges are confidential and non-partisan. If you intend to make requests, all you have to do is send me your instructions in writing, in your own words. If you are planning to make multiple requests, we have created a template that you may find useful in preparing your instructions.
Otherwise, when I receive your instructions, I will make sure to turn your idea into law, with the appropriate legal effects. If I believe that some of your proposals raise legal, charter or jurisdictional issues, I will bring this to your attention and, if possible, find alternatives.
Please note that the process for drafting amendments is similar to the process for drafting private members' bills. Each amendment must go through the drafting, approval, proofreading, translation and jurilinguistic revision stages. This means that the process can be quite lengthy, depending on the complexity and volume of requests received and on the fact that we sometimes work on several bills at the same time.
That takes me back to square one. Please send me your requests as soon as possible. Feel free to call me or contact me if you have any questions at any stage of the process, I will be happy to assist you.
Thank you for your time.