What the Senate didn’t get around to doing

C-279 and C-290 fail to find passage
Governor General David Johnston delivers the Speech from the Throne in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Friday June 3, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Shortly after amending C-377 and sending Russ Hiebert’s union disclosure bill back to the House, the Senate adjourned for the summer.

Left unresolved, as CP notes, was the matter of C-279, NDP MP Randall Garrison’s transgendered rights bill. Also unresolved was C-290, the sports betting bill originally introduced by NDP MP Joe Comartin. That bill reached the Senate in March 2012. It returned to the Senate from its committee study last November. For the sake of comparison, C-377 first reached the Senate last December. C-290’s passage through the House is a matter of some controversy and there is opposition to it in the Senate. The bill’s Senate sponsor predicted in April that it wouldn’t see a final vote before the summer.