Parliament of Canada Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. P-1)

Act current to 2017-10-13 and last amended on 2017-10-06. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Refusal to provide access to information

 If he or she refuses to provide access to information requested under subsection 79.4(1), the deputy minister of the department concerned or the person who occupies any other similar position for the federal institution or parent Crown corporation, as the case may be, shall provide the Parliamentary Budget Officer with a written justification for the refusal.

  • 2017, c. 20, s. 128.
Marginal note:Notification

 If the Parliamentary Budget Officer is of the opinion that he or she has not been provided with free or timely access to information requested under subsection 79.4(1), he or she may so notify the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons or any appropriate committee of the Senate, of the House of Commons or of both Houses of Parliament.

  • 2017, c. 20, s. 128.
Marginal note:Confidentiality

 The Parliamentary Budget Officer, and every person referred to in subsections 79.11(3) and (4), shall not disclose any information that comes to their knowledge under subsection 79.21(9) or section 79.4, unless the disclosure is essential for the performance of the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s mandate and, in the case of information referred to in subsection 79.21(9), the minister’s deputy has consented to the disclosure.

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 116;
  • 2017, c. 20, s. 128.
Marginal note:Review

 A committee of the Senate, of the House of Commons or of both Houses of Parliament shall, five years after the day on which this section comes into force, undertake a review of sections 79.01 to 79.5.

  • 2017, c. 20, s. 128.

Parliamentary Protective Service

Interpretation

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in this section and in sections 79.52 to 79.59.

parliamentary precinct

parliamentary precinct means the premises or any part of the premises, other than the constituency offices of members of Parliament, that are used by the following entities or individuals or their officers or staff, and that are designated in writing by the Speaker of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Commons:

  • (a) the Senate, House of Commons, Library of Parliament or Parliamentary committees;

  • (b) members of the Senate or the House of Commons who are carrying out their parliamentary functions;

  • (c) the Senate Ethics Officer or the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner;

  • (d) the Service; or

  • (e) the Parliamentary Budget Officer. (Cité parlementaire)

Parliament Hill

Parliament Hill means the grounds in the City of Ottawa bounded by Wellington Street, the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River and Kent Street. (Colline parlementaire)

Service

Service means the office to be called the Parliamentary Protective Service that is established by subsection 79.52(1). (Service)

  • 2015, c. 36, s. 98;
  • 2017, c. 20, s. 129.

Establishment and Mandate

Marginal note:Establishment
  •  (1) There is established an office to be called the Parliamentary Protective Service.

  • Marginal note:Speakers responsible

    (2) The Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons are, as the custodians of the powers, privileges, rights and immunities of their respective Houses and of the members of those Houses, responsible for the Service.

  • 2015, c. 36, s. 98.
Marginal note:Mandate
  •  (1) The Service is responsible for all matters with respect to physical security throughout the parliamentary precinct and Parliament Hill.

  • Marginal note:Capacity

    (2) In carrying out its mandate, the Service has the capacity of a natural person and the rights, powers and privileges of a natural person.

  • Marginal note:Financial and administrative matters

    (3) Despite sections 19.3 and 52.3, the Service shall act on all financial and administrative matters with respect to the Service and its staff.

  • 2015, c. 36, s. 98.

Director of Service

Marginal note:Director
  •  (1) There shall be a Director of the Parliamentary Protective Service who is to be selected in accordance with the terms of the arrangement entered into under section 79.55.

  • Marginal note:Integrated security operations

    (2) The Director shall lead the integrated security operations throughout the parliamentary precinct and Parliament Hill under the joint general policy direction of the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons.

  • Marginal note:Control and management of Service

    (3) The Director has the control and management of the Service.

  • 2015, c. 36, s. 98.

Arrangement for Physical Security Services

Marginal note:Arrangement
  •  (1) The Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons, being responsible for the Service, and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness shall enter into an arrangement to have the Royal Canadian Mounted Police provide physical security services throughout the parliamentary precinct and Parliament Hill.

  • Marginal note:RCMP to provide services

    (2) The Royal Canadian Mounted Police shall provide the physical security services in accordance with the terms of the arrangement.

  • 2015, c. 36, s. 98.
Marginal note:Selection process for Director
  •  (1) The arrangement entered into under section 79.55 shall provide for a process for selecting a person to act as the Director of the Parliamentary Protective Service. It shall also provide for a person — identified by name or position — to act as the Director on an interim basis if the Director is absent or incapacitated or if the office of Director is vacant, and set out the maximum period that the person may act as the Director on an interim basis.

  • Marginal note:Member of RCMP

    (2) The Director, or the person acting as the Director on an interim basis, must be a member as that term is defined in subsection 2(1) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act.

  • 2015, c. 36, s. 98.

Estimates

Marginal note:Estimates to be prepared and transmitted

 Before each fiscal year, the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons shall cause to be prepared an estimate of the sums that will be required to pay the expenditures of the Service during the fiscal year and shall transmit the estimate to the President of the Treasury Board, who shall lay it before the House of Commons with the estimates of the government for the fiscal year.

  • 2015, c. 36, s. 98.

Powers, Privileges, Rights and Immunities

Marginal note:For greater certainty

 For greater certainty, nothing in sections 79.51 to 79.57 shall be construed as limiting in any way the powers, privileges, rights and immunities of the Senate and the House of Commons and their members.

  • 2015, c. 36, s. 98.

General

Marginal note:Statutory Instruments Act

 For greater certainty, the designation referred to in the definition parliamentary precinct in section 79.51 is not a statutory instrument for the purposes of the Statutory Instruments Act.

  • 2015, c. 36, s. 98.

Offence and Punishment

Marginal note:Prohibited use of expression “Parliament Hill”
  •  (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any Act of Parliament or regulation made thereunder, no person shall use the words “Parliament Hill” in combination

    • (a) to describe or designate a property, place, site or location in the National Capital Region described in the schedule to the National Capital Act other than the area of ground in the City of Ottawa bounded by Wellington Street, the Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River and Kent Street;

    • (b) to identify any goods, merchandise, wares or articles for commercial use or sale; or

    • (c) in association with a commercial establishment providing services.

  • Marginal note:Offence and punishment

    (2) Every person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

  • Marginal note:Construction

    (3) This section shall not be construed as limiting in any way the powers, privileges, rights and immunities of both Houses of Parliament and of their members.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 80;
  • 2001, c. 20, s. 13.
 
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