Bill C-288

National Flag of Canada Act

An Act respecting the National Flag of Canada

This bill was tabled by John Carmichael on Sept. 28, 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 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
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    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada Act

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at third reading stage of Bill C-288 under private members' business.

    March 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada Act

    The House resumed from March 14 consideration of the motion that Bill C-288, An Act respecting the National Flag of Canada, be read the third time and passed.

    March 28, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 176
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    March 28, 2012
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie
    Dave MacKenzie spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada Act

    Madam Speaker, I am very pleased to speak in support of Bill C-288, an act respecting the National Flag of Canada, a bill brought forward by my colleague from Don Valley West, someone we have been waiting for a while to be elected to the House. We are happy to have him here. ... more

    March 14, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Simms
    Scott Simms spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada Act

    Madam Speaker, the preceding speaker spoke of his past as a sea scout. From a sea scout to an air cadet, all of us are displaying the pride we exhibit each and every day here as proud Canadians. ... more

    March 14, 2012,   Parliament
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    John Carmichael spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada Act

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

    March 14, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada Act

    The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-288, An Act respecting the National Flag of Canada, as reported (with amendments) from the committee.

    March 14, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rob Moore
    Rob Moore spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Canadian Heritage

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present in both official languages, the second report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in relation to Bill C-288, An Act respecting the National Flag of Canada. The committee has studied the bill and has decided to report the bill back to the House with amendments.

    Feb. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Paul Calandra

    Everybody has a copy of the proposed amendment that Bill C-288, in the preamble, be amended by replacing lines 12 and 13 on page 1 with the following: ... more

    Feb. 2, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Terence Young

    Excuse me; on a point of order, you're referring to what's written under “Bill C-288” at the top.

    Feb. 2, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Tyrone Benskin

    Quite simply, it's an amendment to strike the enforcement portion of the bill, which is the most contentious portion. The bill itself was meant to be an encouragement of Canadians, even in its original form, but one can not encourage people by threatening to throw them into prison. In my response to Mr. Carmichael's very eloquent speech, I said that patriotism cannot be legislated, but that is what this section of the bill, in my opinion and in our opinion, seeks to do. ... more

    Feb. 2, 2012,   Parliament
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    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    Feb. 2, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Nantel

    Good morning, everyone. ... more

    Feb. 2, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at second reading stage of Bill C-288.

    Feb. 1, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada

    The House resumed from January 30 consideration of the motion that Bill C-288, An Act respecting the National Flag of Canada, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Feb. 1, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 108
    That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
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    Feb. 1, 2012
  • Photo of John Carmichael
    John Carmichael spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada

    Mr. Speaker, first and foremost, I would like to wish you and all of my colleagues a warm welcome back to the House. I hope everyone enjoyed some festive cheer with their family, friends and constituents over the course of the break. I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to the House this morning. ... more

    Jan. 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kennedy Stewart
    Kennedy Stewart spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada

    Mr. Speaker, I am here today to speak to Bill C-288, An Act respecting the National Flag of Canada. ... more

    Jan. 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Scott Armstrong
    Scott Armstrong spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to welcome members back to Parliament after a break. It has been six weeks since we have been here. ... more

    Jan. 30, 2012,   Parliament
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    Barry Devolin spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada

    Order. I am not sure that is a point of order. Individual members can make themselves familiar with what is before the House. ... more

    Jan. 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Élaine Michaud
    Élaine Michaud spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to debate Bill C-288, which would ensure that each and every Canadian has the right to fly Canada's national flag. ... more

    Jan. 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada

    The House resumed from November 18 consideration of the motion that Bill C-288, An Act respecting the National Flag of Canada, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    Jan. 30, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is an honour for me to rise today and express my support for Bill C-288, , an act respecting the national flag of Canada. The bill would ensure that Canadians would not be prevented from proudly displaying our national flag. ... more

    Nov. 18, 2011,   Parliament
  • Photo of Guy Caron
    Guy Caron spoke about Private Members' Business > National Flag of Canada Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to discuss Bill C-288. I want to begin by thanking the hon. member for Don Valley West for his speech and for what seems to be a commendable intention. I congratulate him. His speech was very respectful, unlike some other speeches I have heard recently in the House. ... more

    Nov. 18, 2011,   Parliament
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