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Partial list of omnibus bill's contents can't do justice to legislation's size

The House of Commons calendar still reads Wednesday, June 13, as ministers vote on amendments to the budget Bill C-38 in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 14, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA - A partial list of the measures contained in the Conservative omnibus budget implementation act:

— Increases the age of eligibility for Old Age Security to 67 from 65, starting gradually in 2023.

— Removes the oversight office of the inspector general at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

— Repeals the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act.

— Repeals the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and introduces an entirely new one, setting retroactive timelines for environmental assessments and permitting Ottawa to delegate assessments to provinces.

— Gives cabinet power to over-ride the National Energy Board on decisions regarding pipeline approvals, order alternative environmental assessment processes.

— Changes Navigable Waters Protection Act to permit pipelines and hydro lines to be governed by the National Energy Board.

— Changes Fisheries Act to apply only to major waterways, and to prohibit "serious harm" to a commercial, recreational or aboriginal fishery, while granting cabinet power to exempt fisheries from these categories; removes protection of fish habitat.

— Changes Species at Risk Act to remove pipeline permits under the National Energy Board from having to fully comply, and allows long-term exemption permits (as opposed to current five-year, renewable exemptions).

— Amends the Coasting Trade Act to permit more seismic testing off-shore.

— Amends the Parks Canada Agency Act to remove requirement for annual plans, reports and audits.

— Shuts down the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.

— Shuts down the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development.

— Shuts down the National Council of Welfare.

— Shuts down the Public Appointments Commission.

— Shuts down Assisted Human Reproduction Canada.

— Shuts down the First Nations Statistical Institute.

— Shuts down the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal.

— Amends the Employment Insurance Act, including changes to benefit calculations, setting rates, and new powers to regulate the definition of suitable employment for claimants.

— Repeals part of the Employment Equity Act to exempt some federal contractors.

— Repeals the Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act.

— Puts all appeals for Canada Pension Plan, EI, OAS and other benefits programs under a single new entity called the Social Security Tribunal.

— Amends the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act to reflect the Conservative government's new formula for health care transfers.

— Expands list of services and goods without sales tax, including dentures, hearing aids and some prescription drugs.

— Increases value of goods that Canadians can buy duty-free in the United States.

— Changes the rules for political advocacy by charities and gives the Canada Revenue Agency increased resources to audit them; gives the minister the power to suspend privileges for issuing tax receipts.

— Changes the Immigration and Refugee Act to eliminate and refund about 100,000 skilled worker applications that pre-date Feb. 27, 2008; gives the minister more power to issue instructions; allows new regulations to be applied retroactively; speeds up hiring of temporary foreign workers.

— Puts into law the 2009 Framework Agreement on Integrated Cross-Border Law Enforcement Operations with the U.S., permitting American authorities to make arrests on Canadian soil.

— Amends the Telecommunications Act to ease restrictions on foreign ownership and allows the CRTC to impose levies on telemarketers to pay for "do not call" enforcement.

— Amends law so pennies remain legal tender after the Mint stops producing them.

— Phases out issuance of plastic cards with Social Insurance Numbers.

— Makes the salary of the Governor General taxable, and effectively doubles the salary to account for tax hit.

— Increases government oversight and control of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

— Changes rules to allow temporary members of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to sit for three years, up from six months.

— Changes the Food and Drugs Act to give the minister the power to exempt a food from marketing rules.

— Removes the distribution requirements for the Canada Gazette.

— Amends the Health of Animals Act to give the minister power to declare areas "control zones" and prohibit movement of persons, animals or things to control disease outbreaks.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
The Canadian Press

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