Bill C-278

Purple Day Act

An Act respecting a day to increase public awareness about epilepsy

This bill was tabled by Geoff Regan on Sept. 22, 2011.

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How does a bill become a law?

Don’t trust Schoolhouse Rock – that’s for Americans. To become a law, a bill in the Canada’s Parliament needs to go through the following steps, and pass when voted on during each step:

  • 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

Royal Assent

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  • Photo of Nathan Cullen
    Nathan Cullen spoke about Routine Proceedings > Privilege > Comments by the Member for Wellington—Halton Hills

    Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of personal privilege that I think will have some relevance to my colleague across the way, the House leader for the government, as well as the House leader for the Liberal Party. ... more

    June 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Royal Assent > Message from the Senate

    I have the honour to inform the House that when the House did attend His Excellency the Governor General in the Senate chamber, His Excellency was pleased to give, in Her Majesty's name, the royal assent to the following bills: ... more

    June 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Geoff Regan
    Geoff Regan spoke about Statements by Members > Purple Day

    Mr. Speaker, today is Purple Day and it is great to see so many members wearing purple and purple ribbons to help raise awareness about epilepsy. ... more

    March 26, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Fin Donnelly
    Fin Donnelly spoke about Private Members' Business > Purple Day Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to talk about epilepsy and to speak in support of Bill C-278. I also want to acknowledge the good work of my colleague, the member for Sudbury, in raising awareness about epilepsy. ... more

    March 9, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Colin Carrie
    Colin Carrie spoke about Private Members' Business > Purple Day Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will start again. ... more

    March 9, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Colin Carrie
    Colin Carrie spoke about Private Members' Business > Purple Day Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak today about Bill C-278, which was introduced by the hon. member for Halifax West. ... more

    March 9, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Geoff Regan
    Geoff Regan spoke about Private Members' Business > Purple Day Act

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

    March 9, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Purple Day Act

    The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-278, An Act respecting a day to increase public awareness about epilepsy, as reported (with amendments) from the committee.

    March 9, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joy Smith
    Joy Smith spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Health

    Madam Speaker, I have two reports. ... more

    Feb. 17, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joy Smith
    Joy Smith spoke

    Thank you very much. ... more

    Feb. 16, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Djaouida Sellah

    The amendment says: ... more

    Feb. 16, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Djaouida Sellah

    The amendment reads as follows: ... more

    Feb. 16, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Djaouida Sellah

    Yes. I am moving the following amendment: ... more

    Feb. 16, 2012,   Parliament
  • Mrs. Aurore Therrien (Member of the Board Directors, Executive Director, Épilepsie Montréal Métropolitain, Canadian Epilepsy Alliance) spoke

    Ladies and gentlemen, members of the Standing Committee on Health, good morning. I'm pleased to be here today and to represent the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance, as well as everyone served by our 25 member associations in Canada. ... more

    Feb. 16, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Geoff Regan
    Geoff Regan spoke

    Thank you very much, Madam Chair, and I thank the members of the committee. ... more

    Feb. 16, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joy Smith
    Joy Smith spoke

    I call the meeting to order. ... more

    Feb. 16, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mathieu Ravignat
    Mathieu Ravignat spoke about Private Members' Business > Purple Day Act

    Madam Speaker, first, I would like to commend the hon. member for Halifax West for introducing this very important bill and, particularly the founder of Purple Day, Cassidy Megan, and her family for their excellent work. This is a great example of involvement and commitment that can bring about change. ... more

    Feb. 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Leon Benoit
    Leon Benoit spoke about Private Members' Business > Purple Day Act

    Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to support Bill C-278, which promotes awareness about epilepsy. ... more

    Feb. 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Matthew Dubé
    Matthew Dubé spoke about Private Members' Business > Purple Day Act

    Madam Speaker, it is an honour for me to speak to bill C-278, which was introduced by the member for Halifax West, for the same reasons mentioned by the member for Kingston and the Islands. ... more

    Feb. 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Colin Carrie
    Colin Carrie spoke about Private Members' Business > Purple Day Act

    Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for his eloquent speech. I am grateful to speak in support of Bill C-278, introduced by the hon. member for Halifax West, which promotes epilepsy awareness. ... more

    Feb. 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ted Hsu
    Ted Hsu spoke about Private Members' Business > Purple Day Act

    Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of the member for Halifax West, who introduced Bill C-278. ... more

    Feb. 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Purple Day Act

    The House resumed from November 14 consideration of the motion that Bill C-278, An Act respecting a day to increase public awareness about epilepsy, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Feb. 3, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Geoff Regan
    Geoff Regan spoke about Private Members' Business > Food and Drugs Act

    I appreciate the fact that my colleague from Winnipeg North does not feel that way. He has not seen me play hockey. ... more

    Jan. 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Bev Shipley
    Bev Shipley spoke about Private Members' Business > Purple Day Act

    Mr. Speaker, I also want to thank the member for Halifax West for bringing forward this bill. ... more

    Nov. 14, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sean Casey
    Sean Casey spoke about Private Members' Business > Purple Day Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by commending the member for Halifax West for introducing this important bill, Bill C-278, the purple day act. ... more

    Nov. 14, 2011,   Parliament
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