41st Canadian Parliament

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41st Parliament of Canada
Majority parliament
June 2, 2011 – present
Parliament leaders
Prime
Minister
Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
(28th Canadian Ministry)
February 6, 2006 – present
Leader of the
Opposition
Hon. Thomas Mulcair
March 24, 2012 – present
Nycole Turmel
August 23, 2011 – March 23, 2012
Hon. Jack Layton
May 2, 2011 – August 22, 2011
Party standings in the House
Government Conservative Party
Opposition New Democratic Party
Third Party Liberal Party
Fourth Party Bloc Québécois*
Fifth Party Green Party*
* Party does not hold official party status.
House of Commons
41st Can House.svg
Seating arrangements of the House of Commons
Speaker of the
Commons
Hon. Andrew Scheer
June 2, 2011 – present
Government
House Leader
Hon. Peter Van Loan
May 18, 2011 – present
Opposition
House Leader
Peter Julian
March 20, 2014 – present
Nathan Cullen
April 20, 2012 – March 19, 2014
Joe Comartin
October 14, 2011 – April 19, 2012
Hon. Thomas Mulcair
May 26, 2011 – October 14, 2011
Members 308 MP seats
List of members
Senate
41st Can Senate.svg
Seating arrangements of the Senate
Speaker of the
Senate
Hon. Noël A. Kinsella
February 8, 2006 – present
Government
Senate Leader
Hon. Marjory LeBreton
February 6, 2006 – July 14, 2013
Claude Carignan
August 30, 2013 – present
Opposition
Senate Leader
Hon. Jim Cowan
November 3, 2008 – present
Senators 105 senator seats
List of senators
Sovereign
Monarch Elizabeth II
6 February 1952 – present
Sessions
1st Session
June 2, 2011 – September 13, 2013
2nd Session
October 16, 2013 – present
<40th 42nd>

The 41st Canadian Parliament is the current Parliament of Canada, with the membership of its House of Commons having been determined by the results of the 2011 federal election held on May 2, 2011. Parliament convened on June 2, 2011, with the election of Andrew Scheer as Speaker, followed the next day with the Speech from the Throne.

Party standings[edit]

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Standings in the 41st Canadian Parliament
Affiliation House Members Senate Members
2011 Election
Results
As of
September 17, 2014
On Election
Day 2011[1]
As of
July 25, 2014[2]
Conservative 166 161 52 55
New Democratic 103 97 0 0
Liberal 34 37 46 0
Liberal (Senate caucus) 30
Bloc Québécois 4 2 0 0
Green 1 2 0 0
Independent 0 6[3] 2[4] 6[5]
Progressive Conservative (Senate caucus) 2[6]
Independent Conservative 0 1[7] 0 0
Independent Progressive Conservative 0 1[8]
Total members 308 306 102 92
Vacant 0 2 3 13
Total seats 308 105

Major bills and motions[edit]

In the parliament's first session, the House of Commons met for 14 days in June, between the end of election and before the summer recess, and 6 bills were given royal assent, all on June 26. The Restoring Mail Delivery for Canadians Act (Bill C-6) was adopted despite 58 hours of continuous debate.[9] The 2011 Canadian federal budget was quickly passed and while only the Conservatives voted in favour of the appropriation acts, the Bloc Québécois and Green Party joined them in voting in favour of the budget implementation bill Supporting Vulnerable Seniors and Strengthening Canada's Economy Act (Bill C-3) which enacted several spending measures promised in the budget, such as increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplements for seniors.[10] The Fair and Efficient Criminal Trials Act (Bill C-2) authorizing federal judges to hear all pretrial motions at once during mega-trials, was introduced on June 13 and was supported by the Conservative, New Democratic and Liberal parties.[11]

When the parliament re-convened in September, the Minister of Justice introduced the Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10), an omnibus bill of nine separate measures. Among the measures include replacing the pardon system with 'record suspensions', mandatory minimum sentences and/or penalties for certain drug and sexual offences, increasing prison sentences for marijuana offences, making it illegal to make sexually explicit information available to a child, reducing the ability of judges to sentence certain offenders to house arrest, allowing immigration officers to deny work permits to foreigners who are at risk of being sexually exploited, and enabling Canadians to sue state sponsors of terrorism for losses due to an act of terrorism.[12][13] The bill was reviewed by the 'House Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights' throughout October and November, chaired by Oxford MP Dave MacKenzie and passed by the House of Commons on December 5, 2011, on a 157 to 127 vote, with only the Conservative Party voting in favour. The senate made six amendments and it was given royal assent on March 13, 2012.

On September 29 the Minister of Industry introduced the Copyright Modernization Act (Bill C-11) — the same bill that was introduced in the 3rd session of the previous parliament and referred to the 'Legislative Committee on Bill C-32'. The bill is first major copyright reform since 1997 and brings Canadian copyright laws in line with modern digital rights management[14][15] The act enables copyright holders to sue operators of peer-to-peer file sharing sites, makes circumventing technological protection measures (e.g. digital locks, encryption, etc.) illegal except when in the public interest, makes it illegal to remove rights management information (e.g. digital watermarks), extends moral rights for performers, makes legal the practise of copying for the purpose of backup, format shifting (CD to mp3), time shifting (recording to watch later), and expands fair dealing to include use in education, parody, and satire.[16] However, the proposed law was criticized as "irredeemably flawed"[17] due to a contradiction between consumer rights and digital locks, American interference, a requirement for students to destroy copyrighted digital content after a course ends, and makes notice and notice mandatory for all ISPs, including disclosing the identity and activity of customers suspected of copyright infringement.[17] The bill finally passed the House of Commons on June 18 and given royal assent on June 29.

The Minister of Agriculture introduced the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act (Bill C-18) which repealed the Canadian Wheat Board Act, eliminating the requirement for farmers to sell wheat and barley produce to the Canadian Wheat Board. The new act also appoints a new board of directors that must either privatize or dismantle the wheat board.[18] The bill was studied by the 'Legislative Committee on Bill C-18' chaired by Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins between October 31 and November 4. The bill was subject to a lawsuit by the wheat board's existing board of directors claiming that the government cannot change the mandate of the wheat board without the consent of its members[19] and a counter-suit which sought to prevent the board of directors from using wheat board revenue for legal action against the government.[20] A federal trial court decided that for the bill to be legal the government required the consent of the affected farmers, via a vote or plebiscite, as provided for in the 1998 Canadian Wheat Board Act, although that case is in appeal as of December 2011.[21] Nevertheless, on November 28, the bill was passed by the House of Commons, with only the Conservative Party voting in favour. The bill was reviewed by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry in December and passed by the Senate on December 15, 2011. Despite the ruling of the judicial branch, Governor General David Johnston gave royal assent to the bill on the same day.[22]

The Minister of Public Safety introduced the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act (Bill C-19) which amends the Criminal Code of Canada and the Firearms Act to remove the requirement to register firearms that are neither prohibited nor restricted and requires that the existing records relating to non-restricted firearms in the Canadian Firearms Registry be destroyed.[23] The registration of long guns had been a divisive issue since its inception in 1995.[24] The bill was introduce on October 25 and reviewed by the 'House Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security' throughout November, chaired by Crowfoot MP Kevin Sorenson. With no amendments made to the bill in committee, it was passed on February 15 by the House of Commons on a 159 to 130 vote, with only two opposition MPs voting in favour.[25] The bill was passed by the senate on April 5, 2012, and given royal assent the next day.

The Minister of Public Safety also introduced the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act (Bill C-30) which proposed to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to grant law enforcement agencies new powers, such as online surveillance or warrantless wiretapping, to combat criminal activity on the internet. The bill has met with criticism from privacy groups, opposition MPs and the public over charges that the law would infringe on the privacy rights of Canadian citizens.[26] Toews responded to the opposition by stating, addressing a Liberal MP, "He can either stand with us or stand with the child pornographers"[27] which was received negatively. The bill was introduced on February 14, 2012, and declared dead a year later when the Response to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in R. v. Tse Act (Bill C-55) was introduced which also makes provisions for online surveillance and warrantless wiretapping.

Senate leader Majorly LeBreton introduced the Safe Food for Canadians Act (Bill S-11) which was part of a response to tainted meat being discovered coming from the XL Foods processing plant in September 2012. The act made numerous changes to the food regulatory system, including requiring better tracking of products, providing food inspectors more authority and increasing penalties for violations.[28]

The Minister of Justice introduced the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act (Bill C-54) on February 8, 2013. The legislation proposes to create a "high risk" designation for people found guilty of a crime but not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder and enshrines in law that the safety of the public is paramount in deciding whether and how such a person can re-enter society.[29]

Omnibus bills[edit]

On April 26, 2012, the Minister of Finance introduced the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act (Bill C-38), an omnibus bill that amends over 50 laws. The bill makes numerous amendments to the environmental assessment process, including increasing the threshold for which reviews are required, limiting the scope of the reviews, shortening review times, moving environmental reviews of pipeline projects to the National Energy Board and nuclear projects to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, enabling the delegation of reviews to provincial agencies, limiting reviews of fish habitats to only the fish used for commercial, recreation or first nations purposes, making reviews of migratory birds optional (at the discretion of cabinet), and limits public participation to only those individuals who directly impacted by a proposal or are specifically sought by the review agency for their specialized knowledge.[30] The omnibus bill would also repeal the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act and the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act, eliminates the National Council of Welfare, and the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, the regulatory agency Assisted Human Reproduction Canada, the Public Appointments Commission, the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, and the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal, as well as eliminates the office of the inspector general at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and certain reviews by Auditor General.[31] It creates a new department called Shared Services Canada and replaces the Employment Insurance Board of Referees with the Social Security Tribunal. The bill also provides for moving the Old Age Security pension threshold from 65 to 67 years old, and provides for the deprecation of the penny and social insurance number cards.[31] The government was criticized for limiting debate on the 420-page bill to only 7 days.[32] The bill was passed by the House of Commons on June 18 and the Senate on June 29 and given royal assent on the same day.

The second omnibus bill was the Jobs and Growth Act (C-45), introduced on October 18, 2012, by the Minister of Finance and adopted on December 14. The 443-page bill makes 65 amendments to 24 laws.[33] Among the financial measures in the bill were the elimination of the Overseas Employment Tax Credit and corporate tax credits for mining exploration and development; moving the Atlantic Investment Tax Credit away from oil, gas, and mining towards electricity generation; making provisions for Pooled Registered Pension Plans; various amendments to Registered Disability Savings Plans, Retirement Compensation Arrangements, Employees Profit Sharing Plans, and thin capitalisation rules; reducing the Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credit Program; adding a requirement that employers report as part of an employee's income any contributions to a group sickness or accident insurance plan; increasing the salaries of federal judges and making the income of the Governor General subject to income taxes.[34] Non-financial measures added into the bill included a renaming of the Navigable Waters Protection Act to Navigation Protection Act and reduces its scope from all navigable waters to only 159 rivers and lakes, plus three oceans; creates the Bridge to Strengthen Trade Act which exempts a proposed new bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan from the Environmental Assessment Act, Fisheries Act, and the new Navigation Protection Act;[35] eliminates the Merchant Seamen Compensation Board, the Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission, and the Canada Employment Insurance Financing Board.[36] The portion of the bill that dealt with political pensions was taken out after first reading and re-introduced as the Pension Reform Act (Bill C-46)

As of August 2013, 15 private member bills had received royal assent. Six private member bills were adopted in 2012:

  • Geoff Regan's Purple Day Act (Bill C-278) designates March 26 as Purple Day
  • John Carmichael's National Flag of Canada Act (Bill C-288) encourages the display of flag of Canada on multiple-residence buildings and gated communities
  • Joy Smith's An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons) (Bill C-310) enables the prosecution of Canadians who engage in human trafficking while outside Canada
  • Dan Albas's An Act to amend the Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act (interprovincial importation of wine for personal use) (Bill C-311) allows Canadians to import wine for personal use across provincial borders
  • Harold Albrecht's Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention Act (Bill C-300) requires the federal government to operate a program for suicide prevention
  • Patricia Davidson's An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (non-corrective contact lenses) (Bill C-313) makes cosmetic contact lenses subject to the Food and Drugs Act.

In 2013, another nine private member bills were adopted:

  • Gord Brown's An Act to amend the Canada National Parks Act (St. Lawrence Islands National Park of Canada) (Bill C-370) changes the name of St. Lawrence Islands National Park to Thousand Islands National Park
  • Roxanne James's An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (vexatious complain­ants) (Bill C-293) allows Commissioner of the Correctional Service to dismiss complaints believed to be frivolous made by offenders
  • Larry Miller's Transboundary Waters Protection Act (Bill C-383) limits the bulk removal of water from the Canadian side of transboundary bodies of water
  • Merv Tweed's An Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act (library materials) (Bill C-321) allows Canada Post to provide reduced postage rates for mailing library materials
  • Blake Richards's Preventing Persons from Concealing Their Identity during Riots and Unlawful Assemblies Act (Bill C-309) makes concealing identity (e.g. wearing a mask) during an unlawful assembly a criminal offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment
  • Dick Harris's An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (incarceration) (Bill C-316) removes time spent in prison from qualifying and benefit periods for employment insurance
  • Brian Storseth's An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting freedom) (Bill C-304) repealed section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act which had prohibited dissemination of hate speech by telephone or internet
  • David Wilks's An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person) (Bill C-299) creates mandatory sentencing for an offender convicted of kidnapping a person under 16 years old
  • Alexandrine Latendresse's Language Skills Act (Bill C-419) requires that holders of certain appointed public offices must be fluent in both English and French.

Cabinet and senate appointments[edit]

With the 28th Canadian Ministry continuing, Harper largely kept the same cabinet as before the election but had lost five ministers to retirement or defeat. In the 18 May cabinet shuffle he promoted Steven Blaney, Ed Fast, Joe Oliver, Peter Penashue to ministerial positions, as well as promoting Denis Lebel and Julian Fantino from Minister of State roles to ministerial positions. He also promoted Bernard Valcourt, Tim Uppal, Alice Wong, Bal Gosal, and Maxime Bernier to Minister of State roles, replacing the two who had been promoted to Minister, one who had been defeated in the election, and Rob Merrifield and Rob Moore who were demoted.[37] Upon the retirement of Bev Oda in July 2012, Harper promoted Julian Fantino to replace her as Minister for International Cooperation, with Bernard Valcourt adding Fantino's former Associate Minister post to his Minister of State role.

Senate appointments[edit]

On May 18, 2011, two weeks after the election, Prime-Minister Harper made appointments to the Senate. To the Senate Harper appointed Fabian Manning, Larry Smith, and Josée Verner, all of whom were defeated Conservative Party candidates in the general election. Manning and Smith had resigned from the Senate to run in the election and they became the first Senators to be reappointed to the Senate since John Carling in April 1896.[37]

On January 6, 2012, Harper appointed seven new Senators in his second batch of appointments in the 41st Parliament, all Conservative Party members. The appointments went to Alberta Senator-in-waiting Betty Unger, former police chief in the city of Ottawa Vernon White, former MP Norman Doyle, the 2011 Conservative Party nominee in Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot Jean-Guy Dagenais, as well as JoAnne Buth, Ghislain Maltais, and Asha Seth.[38][39]

Members[edit]

For full lists of members of the 41st Parliament of Canada, see List of House members of the 41st Parliament of Canada and List of senators in the 41st Parliament of Canada.

Committees[edit]

House[edit]

Senate[edit]

Joint Committees[edit]

Officeholders[edit]

The current[40] and former officers of Parliament during the 41st Parliament are set out below.

Speakers[edit]

Speaker of the Senate
Noël Kinsella (Conservative)

Other Chair occupants[edit]

Senate

House of Commons

Leaders[edit]

Floor leaders[edit]

Senate

House of Commons

Whips[edit]

Senate

House of Commons

Shadow cabinets[edit]

Changes to party standings[edit]

The following by-elections have been held during the 41st Canadian Parliament.

By-election Date Incumbent Party Winner Party Cause Retained
Yellowhead 2014 or 2015 Rob Merrifield      Conservative      TBD Resigned to accept appointment as Alberta's envoy to the United States.
Whitby—Oshawa 2014 Jim Flaherty      Conservative      TBD Death (heart attack)
Scarborough—Agincourt June 30, 2014 Jim Karygiannis      Liberal Arnold Chan      Liberal Resigned to run for Toronto City Council. Yes
Trinity—Spadina June 30, 2014 Olivia Chow      NDP Adam Vaughan      Liberal Resigned to run for Mayor of Toronto. No
Fort McMurray—Athabasca June 30, 2014 Brian Jean      Conservative David Yurdiga      Conservative Resigned to return to private life. Yes
Macleod June 30, 2014 Ted Menzies      Conservative John Barlow      Conservative Resigned to accept a position in the private sector. Yes
Brandon—Souris November 25, 2013 Merv Tweed      Conservative Larry Maguire      Conservative Resigned to join private sector. Yes
Toronto Centre November 25, 2013 Bob Rae      Liberal Chrystia Freeland      Liberal Resigned to become First Nations negotiator in Ontario. Yes
Provencher November 25, 2013 Vic Toews      Conservative Ted Falk      Conservative Resigned to spend more time with his family and join the private sector. Yes
Bourassa November 25, 2013 Denis Coderre      Liberal Emmanuel Dubourg      Liberal Resigned to run for Mayor of Montreal. Yes
Labrador May 13, 2013 Peter Penashue      Conservative Yvonne Jones      Liberal Resigned to run again in a by-election following election spending concerns. No
Victoria November 26, 2012 Denise Savoie      NDP Murray Rankin NDP Resignation due to illness Yes
Durham November 26, 2012 Bev Oda      Conservative Erin O'Toole Conservative Resignation Yes
Calgary Centre November 26, 2012 Lee Richardson      Conservative Joan Crockatt Conservative Resigned to work in the office of the Premier of Alberta. Yes
Toronto—Danforth March 19, 2012 Jack Layton      NDP Craig Scott      NDP Death (cancer) Yes

The party standings in the House of Commons have changed as followed.


Number of members
per party by date
2011 2012 2013 2014
May 2 Aug 22 Dec 5 Jan 10 Mar 19 Apr 23 May 30 Jul 31 Aug 31 Nov 26 Feb 27 Mar 14 May 13 Jun 2 Jun 5 Jun 6 Jul 9 Jul 31 Aug 31 Sep 12 Sep 26 Nov 6 Nov 25 Dec 13 Jan 17 Mar 12 Apr 1 Apr 10 Jun 6 Jun 30 Aug 12 Aug 20 Aug 25 Sep 17
Conservative 166 165 164 163 165 164 163 164 163 162 161 160 162 161 160 162 161
New Democratic 103 102 101 102 101 100 101 100 99 98 97
Liberal 34 35 36 35 34 36 35 37
Bloc Québécois 4 5 4 3 2
Green 1 2
Independent 0 1 2 3 2 3 4 5 6
Independent Conservative 0 1 0 1
  Total members 308 307 308 307 306 305 308 307 308 307 306 305 304 303 307 306 305 304 303 307 306
Vacant 0 1 0 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2
  Government majority 24 25 23 22 21 20 21 22 21 20 21 19 21 20 21 20 18 17 16 17 18 17 16

The party standings in the Senate have changed during the 41st Canadian Parliament as followed.

May 2, 2011 – May 9, 2013
Number of members
per party by date
2011 2012 2013
May 2 May 13 May 25 Jun 13 Sep 7 Sep 21 Sep 26 Oct 17 Dec 2 Dec 17 Jan 6 Jan 17 Feb 6 Feb 9 Feb 20 Jun 18 Jun 30 Jul 21 Sep 6 Sep 17 Sep 23 Oct 19 Nov 6 Jan 10 Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 7 Feb 11 Mar 16 Mar 22 Mar 25
Conservative 52 54 55 54 59 60 59 58 59 58 57 62 61 60 65 64 63 62 63
Liberal 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36
Independent 2 3
Progressive Conservative (Senate caucus) 2 1 0
  Independent Progressive Conservative 0 1
  Total members 102 101 103 104 103 102 101 100 99 98 103 104 103 102 103 102 101 100 105 104 103 102 101 100 99 104 103 102 103
Vacant 3 4 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 2 1 2 3 2 3 4 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 2
  Government majority 2 3 5 6 7 6 7 8 9 10 15 16 15 14 15 16 15 14 19 20 19 20 19 20 21 26 24 23 22 23
May 9, 2013 – present
Number of members
per party by date
2013 2014
May 9 May 11 May 16 May 17 Aug 2 Aug 26 Nov 16 Nov 21 Nov 30 Jan 29 Jun 15 Jun 17 Jul 17 Jul 25
Conservative 63 62 61 60 59 57 56 55
Liberal 35 33 32 0
Liberal (Senate caucus) 0 32 31 30
Independent 4 5 6 5 6
  Independent Progressive Conservative 1
  Total members 103 102 100 99 98 96 95 94 93 92
Vacant 2 3 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13
  Government majority 23 22 20 18 20 21 20 18 17 18 17 18

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