Progress report on private members' bills in Parliament

With just under a year left to go in the life cycle of the 41st Parliament, backbench MPs awaiting their moment in the spotlight may want to preemptively resign themselves to not making it to the finish line.
Dark clouds approach the Parliament buildings as Parliament resumes Monday September 15, 2014 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Here's where things stand in the House of Commons and Senate when it comes to Private Members' Bills, as of Sept. 16, 2014:

Awaiting first hour of House debate:

C-585 — An Act to amend the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act (period of residence) (Corneliu Chisu)

C-570 — An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mandatory minimum sentences for rape) (Rob Anders)

C-592 —  An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals) (Isabelle Morin)

C-579 — An Act to reduce the effects of urban heat islands on the health of Canadians (Paulina Ayala)

C-574 — An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (use of wood) (Claude Patry)

C-486 —  An Act respecting corporate practices relating to the extraction, processing, purchase, trade and use of conflict minerals from the Great Lakes Region of Africa  (Paul Dewar)

Awaiting second hour of House debate:

C-586 —  An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (candidacy and caucus reforms) (Michael Chong)

C-587— An Act to amend the Criminal Code (increasing parole ineligibility) (Colin Mayes)

C-584 — Corporate Social Responsibility of Extractive Corporations Outside Canada Act (Eve Peclet)

C-583 — An Act to amend the Criminal Code (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder)  (Ryan Leef)

C-591—An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security Act (pension and benefits)(David Van Kesteran)

C-247 — Service Canada Mandate Expansion Act (Frank Valeriote)

C-590 — Act to amend Criminal Code re: blood alcohol content (Randy Hoback)

Motions awaiting second and final hour of debate and final vote:

M-497 – That the government create an energy efficiency program to encourage owners of houses, residential buildings, shops and businesses to reduce their energy consumption (Francois Choquette)

M-504 - That the Standing Committee on the Status of Women be instructed to undertake a study on the subject of best practices in education and social programs in Canada that prevent violence against women (Bryan Hayes)

M-502 - That, in the opinion of the House, the government should consider the advisability of measures to deepen and straighten the vessel navigation channel which provides access between Georgian Bay and the westerly limit of the Trent-Severn Waterway, at Port Severn (Bruce Stanton)

House committee

C-518 - Protecting Taxpayers and Revoking Pensions of Convicted Politicians Act (John Williamson)

C-555 - An Act respecting the Marine Mammal Regulations (seal fishery observation licence) (Greg Kerr)

House report stage:

C-520 —  An Act supporting non-partisan agents of Parliament (Mark Adler)

Senate second reading:

C-290 —  An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sports betting) (Joe Comartin) 

C-314 — An Act respecting the awareness of screening among women with dense breast tissue (Patrick Brown)

C-377 –  An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations) (Russ Hiebert)

C-442 —  An Act respecting a Federal Framework on Lyme Disease (Elizabeth May)

C-452  — An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons) (Maria Mourani)

C-525 —  An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Public Service Labour Relations Act (certification and revocation — bargaining agent) (Blaine Calkins)

Senate committee

C-279 — An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity)  (Randall Garrison)

C-350 — An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (accountability of offenders) (Guy Lauzon)

C-428 — An Act to amend the Indian Act (publication of by-laws) and to provide for its replacement  (Rob Clarke)

C-479 — An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (fairness for victims) (David Sweet)

C-483 —  An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (escorted temporary absence) (Dave Mackenzie)

C-501 — An Act respecting a National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day (Rick Norlock)

Senate third reading:

C-266 —  An Act to establish Pope John Paul II Day (Wladyslaw Lizon)

About the Author

Kady O'Malley

Kady O'Malley covered Parliament Hill for CBC News until June, 2015.