On debating bills (Canada)

(Note: this post is not intended as a detailed explanation of the legislative process. For an explanation of how a bill becomes law (in Canada), please click here. For an explanation of how a bill becomes law in the UK, click here.) For a bill to become law, it must receive three readings. Anyone who has paid any attention to parliamentary debate will be familiar with terms such as “second reading debate of bill XYZ”, for example. However, while we refer to these three stages of a bill as readings – first, second and third reading,  the bill is never actually read in the House of Commons: The practice of giving every bill three separate readings derives from an ancient […]