Bill C-217

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials)

This bill was tabled by David Tilson on June 16, 2011.

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  • It all starts with the first reading, when the bill is introduced.
  • Next comes the second reading, when other MPs or Senators get to debate the bill.
  • After that, the bill goes to a committee that studies and amends it line-by-line. Once they finish, the bill goes returns to the House or Senate for the report stage, where anyone can propose amendments.
  • The third reading is the moment of truth: no more changes, just a debate and a final vote on whether or not the bill should pass.
  • If a bill makes it through all of those steps – in both the House of Commons and Senate – it’s ready to get Royal Assent and become a law.

Status of this Bill

First Reading

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  • Photo of Steven Blaney
    Steven Blaney spoke about Oral Questions > Veterans Affairs

    Mr. Speaker, our Canadian war memorials should be treated with the utmost respect. That is why yesterday our government's members supported Bill C-217, an act to protect war memorials and cenotaphs in Canada, rightly brought forward by the member for Dufferin—Caledon. ... more

    Nov. 1, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    It being 3:10 p.m., the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at the third reading stage of Bill C-217 under private members' business. ... more

    Oct. 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    The House resumed from October 25 consideration of the motion that Bill C-217, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials), be read the third time and passed.

    Oct. 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Tilson
    David Tilson spoke about Oral Questions > Veterans Affairs

    Mr. Speaker, in the coming weeks, Canadians across the country will celebrate and remember our country's veterans. We must never forget the sacrifices made by those who selflessly served Canada in defence of our core values and freedoms. ... more

    Oct. 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 487
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    Oct. 31, 2012
  • Photo of David Tilson
    David Tilson spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise on behalf of my constituents in Dufferin—Caledon to conclude debate on Bill C-217, which is my bill to protect war memorials and cenotaphs. ... more

    Oct. 25, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Craig Scott
    Craig Scott spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-217, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials). Over the past several years, we have seen deplorable incidents across the country where war memorials have been vandalized. This includes a war monument at the front of Malvern Collegiate, just outside of my riding of Toronto—Danforth, which was vandalized a few nights after it had been newly restored and rededicated. ... more

    Oct. 25, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Christine Moore
    Christine Moore spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak about Bill C-217, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials). This bill focuses particularly on mischief relating to commemorative monuments to honour our veterans. It was proposed and introduced by the Conservative member for Dufferin—Caledon. Its purpose is to ensure that the memory of Canadian soldiers who fell in the wars and missions in which Canada has participated over the decades and centuries is respected. ... more

    Oct. 25, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, before beginning my speech, I would like to give a short preamble. The bill was introduced following numerous acts of vandalism a few years ago against Canadian war memorials. Let us be clear: we condemn these acts and all such acts. ... more

    Oct. 25, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jack Harris
    Jack Harris spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak at third reading on the private member's bill brought forward by the member for Dufferin—Caledon, whose intentions were very good in seeking to amend the Criminal Code to treat offences against war memorials more seriously. ... more

    Oct. 25, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of John McKay
    John McKay spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate this opportunity to speak to Bill C-217. I congratulate the hon. member for introducing this bill and will offer a few comments on behalf of the Liberal Party with respect to this bill. ... more

    Oct. 25, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    The House resumed from May 28 consideration of the motion that Bill C-217, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials), be read the third time and passed.

    Oct. 25, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sylvain Chicoine
    Sylvain Chicoine spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am very eager to participate in the debate on Bill C-217. Before getting into the details of the bill, I would like to remind everyone that, sadly, our nation's history has its darker moments, such as our participation in armed conflicts. ... more

    May 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Brian Jean
    Brian Jean spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, it is my great pleasure to stand today and speak in support of Bill C-217, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials). ... more

    May 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Irwin Cotler
    Irwin Cotler spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to speak to Bill C-217 on the issue of mischief in relation to war memorials and cenotaphs. As I have stated previously in this regard, there is a responsibility to take action against those who would dishonour our heritage, our history and our memorials, the devoir de mémoire, the duty of memory. As I have said before, vandalism and desecration of monuments and memorials is intolerable. Such desecration dishonours us all. ... more

    May 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague who, by introducing this bill, has made it possible for me to address such an important matter in this chamber. ... more

    May 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Tilson
    David Tilson spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, whatever we are doing now, which is under the mischief section in the Criminal Code, is not working. The vandalism continues. ... more

    May 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Dufferin—Caledon because I truly understand why he has introduced this bill. This is not his first attempt. ... more

    May 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Tilson
    David Tilson spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    moved that the bill be read the third time and passed. ... more

    May 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-217, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials), as reported (with amendment) from the committee.

    May 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie
    Dave MacKenzie spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Justice and Human Rights

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the ninth report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in relation to Bill C-217, an act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials). ... more

    April 4, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Irwin Cotler
    Irwin Cotler spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    April 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jack Harris
    Jack Harris spoke

    Thank you. I would like to address some of the comments opposite. ... more

    April 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin

    Without expanding too much on what Mr. Harris said, I would like to make a point to my colleagues across the way. ... more

    April 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie

    I call the meeting to order. This is meeting number 30 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. ... more

    April 3, 2012,   Parliament
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