A short history of budget implementation acts

by Aaron Wherry

Courtesy of Parliament’s indispensable website, here is a list of budget implementation acts going back to 1994. Below, those 22 24 bills listed chronologically with page counts (the electronic database does not include the first-reading versions of the first three).

C-17, 1994. 24 pages at Royal Assent.
C-76, 1995. 49 pages at Royal Assent.
C-31, 1996. 56 pages at Royal Assent
C-93, 1997. 117 pages at First Reading. 61 pages at Royal Assent.
C-36, 1998. 144 pages at First Reading. 92 pages at Royal Assent.
C-71, 1999. 60 pages at First Reading. 32 pages at Royal Assent.
C-32, 2000. 64 pages at First Reading. 35 pages at Royal Assent.
C-49, 2001. 124 pages at First Reading. 124 pages at Royal Assent.
C-28, 2003. 272 pages at First Reading. 144 pages at Royal Assent.
C-30, 2004. 122 pages at First Reading. 64 pages at Royal Assent.
C-33. 2004. 82 pages at First Reading. 82 pages at Royal Assent.
C-43, 2005. 128 pages at First Reading. 120 pages at Royal Assent.
C-13, 2006. 198 pages at First Reading. 198 pages at Royal Assent.
C-28, 2006. 138 pages at First Reading. 140 pages at Royal Assent.
C-52, 2007. 148 pages at First Reading. 146 pages at Royal Assent.
C-28, 2007. 390 pages at First Reading. 378 pages at Royal Assent.
C-50, 2008. 152 pages at First Reading. 152 pages at Royal Assent.
C-10, 2009. 551 pages at First Reading. 552 pages at Royal Assent.
C-51, 2009. 60 pages at First Reading. 60 pages at Royal Assent.
C-9, 2010. 904 pages at First Reading. 904 pages at Royal Assent.
C-47, 2010. 152 pages at First Reading. 152 pages at Royal Assent.
C-3, 2011. 58 pages at First Reading. 58 pages at Royal Assent.
C-13, 2011. 658 pages at First Reading. 658 pages at Royal Assent.
C-38, 2012. 452 pages at First Reading. 452 pages at Royal Assent.
C-45, 2012. 430 pages at First Reading. 430 pages at Royal Assent.

Note: I suspect page counts might vary somewhat depending on formatting and such. I have, for instance, seen it reported that the current implementation act measures 421 pages. All page counts above are taken from the “print format” of the online versions.




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A short history of budget implementation acts

  1. That’s an incredible eye opener. The size of the implementation acts, but moreso, their initial size at fist reading vs at royal assent. Implementation acts are now treated like bibles : don’t question, don’t touch just raise your hand, in both houses.

  2. “Courtesy of Parliament’s indispensable website”
    Great, Aaron. Now that you have brought that to light, especially to provide simple statistics pointing to this government’s lack of transparency, surely the government will see fit to cut it like just another LFC.

  3. Whoa, what happened in 2010?

  4. Bah. I used to do the same thing in University by messing with the font, margins, and line spacing.

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