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20 Government bills receive Royal Assent

A Senate public bill to phase out the captivity of whales also received Royal Assent.

Royal Assent was given to 20 Government bills on a range of policies during a formal ceremony in the Senate with Governor General Julie Payette on Friday afternoon.

The ceremony in the Red Chamber set into law the following bills:

Bill C-48, to formalize a longstanding crude oil tanker moratorium on Canada’s north Pacific coast.

Bill C-58, to enhance openness and transparency with major updates to Canada’s access-to-information laws.

Bill C-59, a national security overhaul which helps children mistakenly flagged as terrorists at airports.

Bill C-68, to restore protections to Canada’s freshwater and marine fisheries.

Bill C-69, to improve the rules for the assessment of major projects.

Bill C-71, to further regulate firearms in Canada, including enhanced background checks for license applicants.

Bill C-75, to reduce delays in criminal proceedings and eliminate peremptory jury charges.

Bill C-77, to modernize the military justice system and give new rights to victims of service offences.

Bill C-78, to strengthen and modernize the family justice system.

Bill C-81, to remove and prevent barriers in Canada for those with disabilities.

Bill C-82, to implement a multilateral treaty in respect of conventions for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.

Bill C-83, to reform Canada’s current system of segregation in prisons.

Bill C-84, to provide greater protection to animals by strengthening laws related to bestiality and animal fighting.

Bill C-88, in response to Indigenous concerns in relation to resource management in the Mackenzie Valley.

Bill C-91, to ensure the preservation, protection and revitalization of First Nations, Inuit and Métis languages.

Bill C-92, to affirm the rights and jurisdiction of Indigenous peoples in relation to child and family services.

Bill C-93, to allow those who have been convicted of simple cannabis possession to apply for an expedited, no fee record suspension.

Bill C-97, to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2019.

Bill C-101, to protect the Canadian steel industry and its workers by temporarily repealing the two-year prohibition on the imposition of safeguard measures on products that have already been subject to safeguards.

Bill C-102, to grant money for the federal public administration for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020.

Bill S-203, a Senate public bill to phase out the captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Canada, also received Royal Assent.

20 Government bills receive Royal Assent