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First Reading of Senate Public Bills

When the Senate has passed a public bill originating there, a message is sent to the House of Commons requesting its concurrence. The Clerk of the House receives the message and informs the Speaker, who announces the arrival of the bill to the House at the first convenient opportunity during a sitting.

The bill is then placed on the Order Paper under the heading “First Reading of Senate Public Bills” during the Daily Routine of Business.

If no Member chooses to sponsor a bill emanating from the Senate, no further action is taken; the bill remains on the Order Paper for the remainder of the session.

If a Member or Minister agrees to sponsor the bill in the House, he or she indicates this when the rubric “First Reading of Senate Public Bills” is called, and the motion for first reading of the bill is deemed adopted without debate, amendment or question put. Since a Senate public bill is already printed when it is introduced in the House, there is no need to order that it be printed yet again

After the motion for first reading is adopted, the order for second reading is placed on the Order Paper under Government Orders or at the bottom of the list in the Order of Precedence under “Private Members’ Business”, depending on the sponsor.

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