C-8 40th Parliament, 3rd session March 3, 2010, to March 26, 2011

An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Short title: Canada-Jordan Free Trade Act
Bill type
House Government Bill

Summary

Current status
At report stage in the House of Commons
Latest activity
Committee report presented on November 2, 2010 (House of Commons)

Progress

End of stage activity
Introduction and first reading, March 24, 2010
Chamber sittings
Sitting date Debates (Hansard)
March 24, 2010
End of stage activity
Second reading and referral to committee, September 27, 2010
Chamber sittings
Sitting date Debates (Hansard)
March 29, 2010
Sitting 19
Major speeches
Show major speeches at second reading
September 27, 2010
Sitting 71
Agreed to (Journals 71)
2nd reading and referral to committee - CIIT
End of stage activity
Committee report presented, November 2, 2010
Committee meetings
Meeting date Minutes
October 6, 2010
Meeting 27
October 18, 2010
Meeting 28
October 20, 2010
Meeting 29
October 25, 2010
Meeting 30
October 27, 2010
Meeting 31
November 1, 2010
Meeting 32
Chamber sittings
Sitting date Debates (Hansard)
November 2, 2010
Report stage
No activity
Third reading
Not reached

Senate

First reading
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Second reading
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Third reading
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Major speeches at second reading

House of Commons

Speech date Speech Member of Parliament
March 29, 2010 Sponsor’s speech(Sitting 19)
March 29, 2010 Response speech(Sitting 19) Scott Brison (Liberal)
March 29, 2010 Response speech(Sitting 19) Claude Guimond (Bloc Québécois)
March 29, 2010 Response speech(Sitting 19) Peter Julian (NDP)

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Legislative summary

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On 24 March 2010, The Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway introduced Bill C-8, An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Agreement on the Environment between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Agreement on Labour Cooperation between Canada and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Canada-Jordan Free Trade Act), in the House of Commons and it was given first reading.

Bill C-8 implements a free trade agreement between Canada and Jordan that was signed in June 2009. Among other things, it:

• eliminates tariffs on over 99 percent of recent Canadian exports (by value) to Jordan.

• eliminates all non-agricultural tariffs, numerous agricultural tariffs and tariffs on many Canadian exports, including pulse crops, frozen french fries, animal feed, various prepared foods, certain forestry products and machinery.

• eliminates all tariffs on Jordanian goods, with the exception of over-quota tariffs on dairy, poultry and eggs, which are excluded from tariff reductions.

• commits Canada and Jordan to ensuring that their laws respect the International Labour Organization’s (ILO’s) 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.

• commits Canada and Jordan to protecting occupational health and safety, maintaining acceptable minimum employment standards and providing compensation for occupational injuries and illnesses. Migrant workers will have the same legal protection as nationals in respect of working conditions.

• stipulates that failure to respect ILO principles and enforce domestic laws could result in an independent review panel assessing a monetary penalty, as a last resort.

• commits Canada and Jordan to pursuing high levels of environmental protection and to striving to develop and improve their environmental laws and policies.

• commits Canada and Jordan to ensuring environmental assessment processes are in place, and to providing remedies for violations of environmental laws.

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