Key bills to soon become laws – adding 30 more MPs

Three main bills are likely to officially get passed through the entire legislative process and develop into laws this fall session. Following are the bills that might have or will be given royal assent before the Senate rises for its holiday break.

Bill C-18: An act to reorganize the Canadian Wheat Board — a bill that will eliminate the wheat board’s monopoly in Western Canada, passed the Senate Thursday and received royal assent.

Bill C-13: A bill to implement the spring budget — an act which increases support payments to poor seniors, extends children’s tax credits for art programs and kills per vote subsidies for political parties, was given the go-ahead by the Senate and received royal assent.

Bill C-20: The fair representation act — a bill that will see 30 new seats split between Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and Quebec went to third-reading in the Senate on Dec. 15 and is expected to receive royal assent before the Senate rises for the Christmas break.

Passed Friday morning, Bill C-20 will enhance the number of MPs to 338 from 308, and bringing with them millions of dollars in costs to taxpayers.

The Conservative government also worked hard to pass Bill C-19 aimed at eliminating the long-gun registry which it had promised in the election. That bill is likely to reach the Senate in 2012.

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