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Status of Bill C-49

November 23, 2017

For those following the progress through Parliament of Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, the Bill was passed by the House of Commons several weeks ago and is now being debated at the Second Reading stage in the Senate.  It is on today’s “Order Paper” (November 23) for continued debate and is expected to be voted on within the next few days.  When it passes second reading it will be referred to the Senate Transportation and Communications Committee(TRCM) for detailed study.   

I have been in contact with the clerk of the committee and we expect that FMA will be asked to appear before the committee.  We are also planning to make a written submission, as we did to the Commons Committee.

If any FMA member companies wish to make either a written submission or appear at one of the committee hearings, let me know.  It is likely that all hearings will be in Ottawa.  Until the second reading vote, we will not know whether the hearings will begin in December or whether they will be delayed until the new year.  

The government wants the Bill passed quickly and will want the Senate to complete its analysis and pass third and final reading as soon as possible.  One further potential complication: if the Senate passes any amendments to the Bill, the amended version will have to go back to the House of Commons for reconsideration.   

We will keep the membership apprised.

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