Bill C-273

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cyberbullying)

This bill was tabled by Hedy Fry on Sept. 20, 2011.

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Status of this Bill

Second Reading and Referral to Committee

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  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Justice and Human Rights

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion to concur in the 19th report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights regarding the recommendation not to proceed further with Bill C-273.

    March 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 654
    That the 19th Report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights(recommendation not to proceed further with Bill C-273, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cyberbullying)), presented on Thursday, February 28 2013, be concurred in.
    • Against 100%
      Green
    • Against 100%
      Liberal
    • Against 100%
      Bloc
    • In favour 99%
      NDP
    • In favour 100%
      Conservative
    March 27, 2013
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    Hedy Fry spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Justice and Human Rights

    Mr. Speaker, I am very disappointed that we are debating this recommendation not to proceed with Bill C-273, an act to amend the Criminal Code (cyberbullying). ... more

    March 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Justice and Human Rights

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have this opportunity to speak to Bill C-273 in the name of the hon. member for Vancouver Centre. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank her for introducing the bill and giving us a chance to talk a little more about the scourge of cyberbullying. ... more

    March 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Goguen
    Robert Goguen spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Justice and Human Rights

    Mr. Speaker, as my hon. colleagues may know, the chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights reported back to the House of Commons recommending that Bill C-273, an act to amend the Criminal Code (cyberbullying), not proceed further. Specifically, pursuant to Standing Order 97.1, the committee recommended to the House of Commons that it not proceed further with Bill C-273 on the basis that it is redundant, inconsistent with existing Criminal Code provisions and otherwise problematic. ... more

    March 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace 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 19th report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in relation to Bill C-273, an act to amend the Criminal Code (cyberbullying). ... more

    Feb. 28, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke

    Is there anything else to this item? No. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
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    Dany Morin spoke

    That is important. The point here is to vote right. I would like to comment on this motion. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dany Morin
    Dany Morin spoke

    This is for my unilingual francophone colleagues. I simply want to note that it is important for the NDP that written documents be provided in both languages. I know these are special circumstances and that everyone is demonstrating their good will by making compromises on bilingualism, but that is precisely why we are going to vote on my colleague Alexandrine Latendresse's bill, to raise the level of bilingualism in Canada and in Parliament. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Irwin Cotler
    Irwin Cotler spoke

    I agree with Mr. Wilks on the importance of restorative justice, both as a principle and particularly with regard to the issues of bullying, because we are dealing with young offenders. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin

    Mr. Chair, I assume everyone is aware that Bill C-273 is a problem. I have discussed the matter to some degree with my colleague Mr. Cotler. I was going to say Winkler. I apologize.

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
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    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
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    Mike Wallace spoke

    Thank you very much. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Paul Taillefer spoke

    Let me say that I'm going to be speaking from an experience that's a bit dated, but anecdotally I believe that what's happening right now in teachers colleges, in pre-service as we call it, doesn't necessarily prepare teachers to take on that task. There are a lot of things they're taught to do. This may not necessarily be something they are taught to do to the extent that we need it to happen. There are, however, organizations within each province and territory that have taken on that mantle of responsibility and work with teachers' organizations in order to help teachers understand the roles they have to play and the responsibilities. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Bill Belsey spoke

    I'd be pleased to, and if you don't mind, that actually leads into the next point I was going to make in my presentation. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Peter Jon Mitchell (Senior Researcher, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada) spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair, and committee members, for the opportunity to appear before you today in regard to Bill C-273 on behalf of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, a social policy think tank that conducts and compiles research on issues pertaining to the Canadian family. ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke

    Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to call to order meeting number 61 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Pursuant to our order of reference of Wednesday, June 6, 2012, we'll deal today with Bill C-273, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cyberbullying). ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. I might be last, but I'm certainly not least. ... more

    Feb. 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Cathryn Palmer (Vice-President, Canadian Association of Police Boards) spoke

    Thank you so much, Mr. Chair and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to offer our comments on this legislation, which is very important to our organization. ... more

    Feb. 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Professor Shaheen Shariff (Associate Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, As an Individual) spoke

    Thank you for inviting my submission today. ... more

    Feb. 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke

    Ladies and gentlemen, I call this meeting back to order. This is meeting number 60 and we are dealing with private member's Bill C-273, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cyberbullying). ... more

    Feb. 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    Feb. 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hedy Fry
    Hedy Fry spoke

    Thank you very much, Mr. Chair and colleagues, for the opportunity to present to you Bill C-273, which is my private member's bill that seeks to clarify in the Criminal Code where cyberbullying is an offence. ... more

    Feb. 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke

    Ladies and gentlemen, I will call the meeting to order. This is meeting number 60 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. ... more

    Feb. 25, 2013,   Parliament
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