Tuesday: Debate on Firearms Bill, Ways and Means, Net Neutrality

Tuesday: Debate on Firearms Bill, Ways and Means, Net Neutrality


UPDATED March 27, 2018 4:15pmET


Here’s what’s happening on Parliament Hill this afternoon:

Time Allocation on Firearms Bill

MPs have passed a government time allocation motion to limit the firearms bill (C-71), to one further day of second-reading debate.

Watch the time allocation debate from earlier today:

The bill includes:

  • RCMP licence background checks considering a person’s entire lifetime, not just the previous five years;
  • Requiring sellers to confirm a buyer’s valid licence;
  • Requiring commercial retailers to keep complete sales records, which police could access via warrant. The previous government made this record-keeping voluntary;
  • Returning the RCMP’s power to classify firearms (non-restricted, restricted, prohibited) without a cabinet override. A government to make changes would need legislation to amend the Criminal Code;
  • Requiring permits for the transport of all restricted and prohibited firearms — except to and from a shooting club or range.

The House of Commons first considered C-71 on Monday. Debate was short, though, since MPs passed a Conservative motion to adjourn debate after less than an hour, citing their continued desire for a briefing on the India controversy by national security advisor Daniel Jean.

More on Bill C-71 and Firearms Regulation


Budget Debate

Following question period, the House of Commons agenda has a ways and means motion on the budget.

A ways and means motion is required to implement new taxes or tax increases. Governments also introduce budget implementation bills to legislate changes proposed in the budget.

Here’s more on the post-budget process in Parliament:

Read and Watch More: Budget 2018


Net Neutrality

Later today, MPs are scheduled to consider a motion in support of net neutrality.

Here’s the text of the motion as tabled by Liberal MP John Oliver:

That the House:

(a) recognize that the Internet has thrived due to net neutrality principles of openness, transparency, freedom, and innovation;

(b) recognize that Canada has strong net neutrality rules in place that are grounded in the Telecommunications Act and enforced by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC);

(c) recognize that preserving an open Internet and the free flow of information is vital for the freedom of expression and diversity, education, entrepreneurship, innovation, Canadian democracy, and the future economic and social prosperity of Canadians;

(d) express its firm support for net neutrality and the continued preservation of an open Internet, free from unjust discrimination and interference; and

(e) call on the government to include net neutrality as a guiding principle of the upcoming Telecommunications Act and Broadcasting Act reviews in order to explore opportunities to further enshrine in legislation the principles of neutrality in the provision and carriage of all telecommunications services.

Court action is ongoing in the United States following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to repeal “net neutrality” rules that stop Internet providers from slowing access to certain sites or services.

-Andrew Thomson