After receiving royal consent today – the last day of the current parliament sitting before Christmas holidays – a Liberal government election bill, C-76, is now a law.
The Trudeau government introduced C-76 last year. It is restricted by federal election campaigns, restricting the amount of spending allowed in the immediate period before a campaign, is working to prevent overseas interventions and introduce new rules to regulate third party political activity.
On a third party, the bill would require them to use a specific Canadian bank account for the payment of election-related expenditure. It also limits their spending on advertising, surveys and other activities that are related to an election to $ 1 million in both months before an election is called, and to $ 500,000 during the campaign.
The Yves Côté Elections Commissioner told the WBQ in October that Senate needs to adopt C-76 by December to give him powers to fight overseas intervention and social media abuse at the next federal election, scheduled for October 2019.
"We've reached a critical moment now and, for me, I would say that if this bill is not passed by December, we will be in a very difficult situation," he said.
Chief Electoral Officer, Stéphane Perrault, called for C-76 to adopt in a short order to give him time to execute during the next election.
Commerce of arms and border security
Other bills granted to royal consensus today include C-21, introduced by the Public Protection Minister, Ralph Goodale, more than two years ago.
The bill would operate an "exit / exit program" to keep track of when individual singers come in and leave the country – information that has never been collected in the past.
Bill C-47, the Act to Change the Export and Import Licenses Act was also granted royal consent. The deed allows Canada to join the International Arms Trading Agreement – something that the Liberals promise they would do during the 2015 election campaign.
And C-51 was made on Thursday. The act weighs the Criminal Code of old old laws – often referred to as "zombie laws" – and explains the Code in relation to sexual assault law.