Reform Act, 2014 Passes First Vote in the House of CommonsSeptember 24, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2014
Reform Act, 2014 Passes First Vote in the House of Commons
House of Commons adopts Reform Act, 2014 at Second Reading, with support from all parties. The bill will now proceed to the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs.
OTTAWA – Today, the Reform Act, 2014 passed its first vote in the House of Commons. Months after the bill was first introduced, the Reform Act was adopted 253-17 with the support of MPs from all parties. The Reform Act proposes to strengthen the role of MPs by giving them the tools they need to better represent their constituents.
Since its introduction in December 2013, the Reform Act has seen wide debate and discussion. In April 2014, Chong introduced a revised version of the Reform Act based on feedback from his constituents, colleagues and Canadians across the country. Earlier this month, Chong proposed further amendments to address concerns raised during the summer by all three parties in the House of Commons. These proposed amendments provide parties flexibility in implementing the new rules, while maintaining the principles of the original bill. Chong has called on the committee studying the bill to adopt these amendments.
“Since introducing the Reform Act last December, I’ve received a great deal of input from colleagues, Canadians and, in particular, my constituents in Wellington County and Halton Hills,” Chong said. “I strongly believe the Reform Act is a product of that input and reflects the best of what the House of Commons can be: A place where the diverse views of Canadians are heard, and to the best extent possible, accommodated in legislation. I’m thrilled to see the bill pass its first vote.”
The Reform Act will now proceed to the Procedure and House Affairs Committee for review and amendment before it returns to the House of Commons for its Third Reading and final vote before being sent to the Senate.
“Time is of the essence,” Chong said. “With the dissolution of Parliament and the general election around the corner, it’s important to have the Reform Act passed into law. We cannot let this bill die on the order paper. This is our chance to provide Canadians with the democratic reform they seek.”