Following the royal consent of today – the last day of the current parliamentary sitting before the Christmas break – the electoral reform of the Liberal government, Bill C-76, is now a law.
The Trudeau government issued a C-76 last year. It limits the duration of federal election campaigns, restricts the amount of allowances in the period just before the campaign, works to prevent foreign interference, and introduces new rules to regulate the political activities of third parties.
For third parties, the bill would require them to use a special Canadian bank account to cover election-related expenses. It also limits the cost of advertising, surveys and other election-related activities to $ 1 million in the two months prior to the election and to $ 500,000 during the campaign.
Election Commissioner Yves Côté In October, CBC announced that Parliament needed to adopt the December C-76 in order to empower him to fight foreign interference and abuse of social media at the upcoming federal elections scheduled for October 2019.
"Now we have reached a critical moment, and in my opinion, I would say that this bill will not be adopted until December, we will be in a very and very difficult situation," he said.
Chief Election Officer Stéphane Perrault also called for the C-76 to be adopted shortly enough to allow him time to implement it in the forthcoming elections.
Weapons trade and border security
Other bills that were granted royal consent today are the C-21, which was introduced by Ralph Goodale, Public Security Minister more than two years ago.
The draft law will introduce a "entry / exit program" to track when some Canadians enter and leave the country – information that has not always been collected in the past.
The C-47 law, which amended the law on amendments to export and import permits, also received royal consent. This act allows Canada to accede to the international arms trade deal that the liberals promised to do in the 2015 election campaign.
The C-51 was adopted on Thursday. This act cleanses the old, outdated law – often referred to as "zombie laws" – the Criminal Code and clarifies the code when it comes to the law of sexual assault.