As a follow-up to our earlier post (Combating Counterfeit Products Act), we wrote in March 2013 that Parliament had introduced a bill (Bill C-56) to amend the Copyright Act and the Trade-marks Act, to combat counterfeit products. With Prime Minister Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament, this Bill will die on the order paper.
There was a time when the word “prorogue” sent people running to their constitutional dictionaries. Since the prorogations in 2007, 2008 and 2010 this manoeuver has become a common feature of Canadian legislative and political life. The Bill will have to be reintroduced in the next session. Assuming the current senate expense scandal can be resolved, the Bill may make it through the next session of Parliament and be passed into law.