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Bills die with federal government



When opposition parties voted out the current government on Monday, several pieces of legislation died on the table, while close to a dozen other bills were rushed through by the parties – including a bill that creates a "do not call" list to regulate telemarketers, amendments to a federal whistleblower protection bill, and $565 million in payments to help Canadians cope with rising energy costs.

It remains to be seen whether the legislation that died will be resurrected by the next government.

The most famous of the dead bills is C-17, a controversial bill that would decriminalize minor marijuana offences while creating heavier penalties for growers and dealers.

The long list of other bills that died includes Bill C-82, which would have toughened penalties for gun crimes, and Bill C-83, which would have banned bulk pharmaceutical exports.

Other House measures also died, including $100 million in compensation for farmers hurt by the mad cow crisis and U.S. bans on Canadian cattle, and $220 million for Old Age Security payments and guaranteed income supplements.

The election also killed about 200 Private Members Bills.

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