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Performance Report – For the period ending March 31, 2013

New Legislation

Bill C-21 was introduced during the previous reporting period (2011–2012) but has not yet progressed beyond committee stage. Bill C-48 received third reading in the Senate on June 17, 2013. In addition, certain private member's bills could have an impact on our business. None of the private member's bills have reached second reading.

Bill Details and Impact
C-21 – An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (accountability with respect to political loans) This bill was introduced in the House of Commons on November 2, 2011. It would amend the Canada Elections Act to enact rules concerning loans, guarantees and suretyships with respect to registered parties, registered associations, candidates, leadership contestants and nomination contestants. Bill C-21 received second reading and was referred to committee on October 2, 2012.
C-48 – An Act to amend the Income Tax Act, the Excise Tax Act, the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act, the First Nations Goods and Services Tax Act and related legislation In relevant part, this bill would amend the Income Tax Act with respect to the income tax treatment of political contributions. The amendments would create a distinction as to the meaning of a "contribution" for purposes of the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act. In addition, Bill C-48 would amend provisions of the Income Tax Regulations regulating the form and substance of income tax receipts issued with respect to political contributions. Bill C-48 received third reading in the Senate on June 17, 2013.
Private member's bills Five private member's bills also propose amendments to the Canada Elections Act: Bill C-453, prohibiting fraudulent voice mail transmissions; Bill C-450 and Bill C-355, changing voting hours; Bill C-424, allowing the contestation of an election by the Chief Electoral Officer and Bill C-368, lowering the voting age.

Another private member's bill (C-396) would amend the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act to ensure that Northern Ontario maintains a minimum of 10 electoral districts. Three other private member's bills (C-209, C-226 and C-332) propose changes to the names of electoral districts.