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Rejection of Proposed Bill C-10: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Trafficking in Contraband Tobacco)

On November 5, 2013, the Harper Conservative government introduced Bill C-10, a Proposed Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Trafficking in Contraband Tobacco). It was previously introduced as Bill S-16 in the 1st Session of the 41st Parliament but died on the Order Paper when Parliament was prorogued on September 13, 2013.

Pursuant to an Order of the House of October 21, 2013 allowing the government to reinstate bills in the new session at their completed stage in the previous session, Bill C-10 was deemed as read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.  On February 11, 2014, the Committee reviewed the bill without amendments and has moved the bill to the Report Stage in the House of Commons.

First Nations in Ontario are deeply concerned that the government of Canada has not fulfilled their legal duty to consult and that the Committee has concluded their review without due consideration of the inherent and Constitutional rights of First Nations. First Nations in Ontario oppose Bill C-10 receiving Third Reading and Royal Assent.  

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