Vlog 2: Legislative Process (ASL)
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Vlog 2: Legislative Process (ASL)


How does a Bill go through the government? First of all, a Bill (law) will be written and read by a sponsor, usually an MP in the House of Commons. For the ACA, Bill C-81, the sponsor is Minister of Accessibility, Carla Qualtrough. The first step is to Introduce the Bill for its First Reading, To pass as the concept is at First Reading then after first reading, the process will allow adding amendments. What are amendments? They are either add or delete or change of content of the bill. Second Reading is when Bill C-81 is sent to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) for review. Different groups can present to the HUMA Committee to recommend amendments. For Bill C-81, 56 witnesses including Frank and Jim from the CAD-ASC appeared before this Standing Committee of the HUMA. Over 120 proposals for amendments were submitted by organizations who are Deaf and persons with disabilities since June 2018 Only 74 amendments were accepted, which is mostly on technical parts of the Bill. A Chair for the HUMA Committee submits Committee Report to the House of Commons that includes these amendments that is called the Report Stage. Some amendments made it into the Bill, while many did not, in the previous vlog mentioned, only about 3 of 102 amendments are incorporated in this new Bill. So we are not alone. We are not the only ones. Then after modifications, it will be read again in Third & final Reading in House of Commons and voted. After the Bill is passed it will be proposed to the Senate. After the Senate, the bill can go 2 ways: 1) The bill will not return to the Commons if the Senate accepts the bill as accepted by the Commons. If that happens- it will go straight to Governor General “GG” for Royal Assent without going through the Commons again. 2) If the Senate 1) Rejects the bill as accepted by the Commons, or 2) Adds amendments to the bill then it will return back down to the Commons for approval. Senate need make an amendment(s) then need to send back to House of Common to vote. It is imperative CRITICAL VERY IMPORTANT that the Senators propose amendments to include ASL and LSQ in the bill so that the House of Commons can consider it. It it happens that the bill went back to the House of Commons, we have to meet with the MPs to tell them to support the bill. So it is not too late. It is time to push the Senators to support an amendment that includes the words: “recognize ASL and LSQ as the official languages of Deaf people in Canada.” National Deaf and disability organizations, including the CAD-ASC with President Frank representing, are meeting in Ottawa this week to come up with a strategy to get our priorities for amendments into the Bill. Please stand by while we await an Action Plan for our community. Thank you for watching. Please watch our other vlogs as I do my best to explain things for Deaf community members to understand more about what is happening.

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