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2014–2015 – Report on Plans and Priorities

New Legislation

Legislation Enacted Within the Past Year

Bills C-48 and C-419 received royal assent on June 26, 2013.

Bill Details and Impact
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 amends the Income Tax Act with respect to the income tax treatment of political contributions. The amendments 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 amends provisions of the Income Tax Regulations regulating the form and substance of income tax receipts issued with respect to political contributions.
C-419 – An Act respecting language skills This bill requires that all agents of Parliament understand and express themselves clearly in both official languages.

Legislation Before Parliament

The following private members' bills are before the House of Commons in the second session of the 41st Parliament and may have an impact on Elections Canada's affairs. None of the bills have reached second reading.

It should be noted that Parliament was prorogued on September 13, 2013. As a result, all proposed legislation except for private members' bills died on the Order Paper. Prorogation does not affect the List for the Consideration of Private Members' Business or the Order of Precedence. Private members' bills are deemed in the new session to have passed all stages completed in the preceding session.

Bill Details and Impact
Private members' bills Seven private members' bills propose amendments to the Canada Elections Act: Bill C-355 and Bill C-450, changing voting hours; Bill C-368, lowering the voting age; Bill C-453, prohibiting fraudulent voice mail transmissions; Bill C-503, requiring that nomination papers be signed by executives of the candidate's electoral district association; Bill C-524, requiring election advertising taglines outside election periods; and Bill C-559, amending the candidate nomination process.

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 members' bills (C-209, C-226 and C-332) propose changes to the names of electoral districts.

A private member's bill (C-470) would require the Government of Canada to negotiate with Quebec if that province's electors vote in favour of a constitutional change in a referendum.

A private member's bill (C-210) would amend the Parliament of Canada Act to trigger a by-election when an MP changes political parties (if elected as a member of another party) or joins a party (if elected as an independent).

A private member's bill (C-520) affects all agents of Parliament, including the Chief Electoral Officer. It provides that agents and their staff behave in a non-partisan manner and make public any past partisan activities.