Bill C-299

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person)

This bill was tabled by David Wilks on Sept. 30, 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 Joe Comartin
    Joe Comartin spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    It being 5:52 p.m., the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at report stage of Bill C-299, under private members' business. ... more

    Oct. 17, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    The House resumed from October 5 consideration of Bill C-299, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person), as reported (with amendments) from the committee; and of the motions in Group No. 1.

    Oct. 17, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 481
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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  • Vote 480
    That Bill C-299, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person), as amended, be concurred in at report stage.
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  • Vote 479
    That Bill C-299, in Clause 1, be amended by replacing line 14 on page 1 with the following: “paragraph, other than a parent who has been ... more
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  • Vote 478
    That Bill C-299, in Clause 1, be amended by replacing lines 11 to 15 on page 1 with the following: “who commits the offence is ... more
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  • Photo of Raymond Côté
    Raymond Côté spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, thank you for this opportunity to speak to Bill C-299. ... more

    Oct. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Wilks
    David Wilks spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I stand before all members of Parliament today to speak to private member's bill C-299, an act to amend the Criminal Code to impose a mandatory minimum sentence on a stranger who is convicted of kidnapping a child under the age of 16. ... more

    Oct. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    The House resumed from September 24 consideration of Bill C-299, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person), as reported (with amendments) from the committee, and of the motions in Group No. 1.

    Oct. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke about Private Members' Business > Motions in amendment

    Mr. Speaker, today I rise to speak to Bill C-299, introduced by the hon. member for Kootenay—Columbia, which is at report stage and third reading. This bill, entitled An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person), adds a new paragraph to subsection 279(1.1) of the Criminal Code. It provides for a minimum sentence of five years for anyone who kidnaps a person under 16 years of age. The legal definition of kidnapping is found in subsection 279(1), which states: ... more

    Sept. 24, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Christine Moore
    Christine Moore spoke about Private Members' Business > Motions in amendment

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill C-299, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person), introduced by the member for Kootenay—Columbia. ... more

    Sept. 24, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mauril Bélanger
    Mauril Bélanger spoke about Private Members' Business > Motions in amendment

    Mr. Speaker, Bill C-299 suffers from many of the same flaws that, unfortunately, have been characteristic of the government's general approach to criminal justice. It legislates in response to a single incident rather than taking a more comprehensive outlook. It focuses on punishment after the fact rather than on the importance of the prevention of the crime to begin with. The bill relies on a mandatory minimum sentence rather than heeding the overwhelming evidence from jurisdictions around the world, including our own Department of Justice, that mandatory minimums are not only ineffective but also prejudicial. ... more

    Sept. 24, 2012,   Parliament
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    Sylvain Chicoine spoke about Private Members' Business > Motions in amendment

    Mr. Speaker, thank you for allowing me to speak. I rise today in this House to discuss something that is very important to me and obviously to all Canadians, and that is the safety and protection of our children. ... more

    Sept. 24, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Private Members' Business > Motions in amendment

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise here today as the justice critic for the official opposition to speak to Bill C-299 and the amendments proposed by the hon. member for Mount Royal. These amendments are a last-minute attempt to make this bill a little better for Canada's criminal justice system. ... more

    Sept. 24, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Irwin Cotler
    Irwin Cotler spoke about Private Members' Business > Motions in amendment

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the matter of Bill C-299, a bill that would provide a mandatory minimum sentence for the kidnapping of a minor. ... more

    Sept. 24, 2012,   Parliament
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    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > Speaker's Ruling

    There are two motions in amendment standing on the notice paper for the report stage of Bill C-299. ... more

    Sept. 24, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person)

    The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-299, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person), as reported (with amendment) from the committee.

    Sept. 24, 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 12th report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in relation to Bill C-299, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person). The committee has studied the bill and decided to report the bill back to the House with amendments.

    June 4, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kerry-Lynne Findlay

    In our view, the bill rightly seeks to ensure that cases involving kidnapping of children by strangers are treated with the severity they deserve. This goal is laudable and merits support. We know that although stranger child abduction happens fairly rarely—thank goodness—the consequences are dire, as abducted children are often sexually assaulted or murdered. ... more

    May 31, 2012,   Parliament
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    Yes, I am. ... more

    May 31, 2012,   Parliament
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    Thank you. ... more

    May 31, 2012,   Parliament
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    I call to order meeting number 40 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, February 29, 2012, today we are considering Bill C-299, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (kidnapping of young person), clause by clause. ... more

    May 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dave MacKenzie

    We'll call the meeting to order. This is meeting number 39 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, February 29, 2012, we are studying Bill C-299, an act to amend the Criminal code (kidnapping of young person). ... more

    May 29, 2012,   Parliament
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    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    May 17, 2012,   Parliament
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    Yes, thank you. ... more

    May 17, 2012,   Parliament
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