Thursday, June 20, 2013

Conservative Senators ready to sit into July to pass Bill C-304

 

Great news today in the Ottawa Citizen:

 

OTTAWA — Conservatives in the Senate say they are willing to sit into July — past June 28 when the upper chamber is scheduled to start its break — to pass five government bills, and possibly two contentious bills from backbench Tory MPs.

It isn’t unusual for the Senate to sit longer than the House of Commons to clear the legislative backlog left when MPs take their breaks. This year, however, the Senate may sit into July to pass two private member’s bills: One about union finances (bill C-377) and the other about hate speech (bill C-304).

“The human rights bill has been before the Senate since last June. There’s no plausible argument for not dealing with the human rights bill,” said government Senate leader Marjory LeBreton.

“Obviously, bill C-377 is one that’s a little more controversial, but we’ll see what we can do. We’re hoping to get it passed.”

Bill C-304, a second private member’s bill, was passed in the Commons in a free vote last summer. The bill, if approved, would repeal sections of the Canadian Human Rights Act banning hate speech on the Internet and put more investigative powers in the hands of the courts rather than the quasi-judicial human rights commission.

 

Full article is available at: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/touch/story.html?id=8549810