Bill C-350

An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (accountability of offenders)

This bill was tabled by Guy Lauzon on Nov. 17, 2011.

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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

First Reading

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  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > Corrections and Conditional Release Act

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at third reading of Bill C-350, under private members' business. ... more

    Oct. 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Corrections and Conditional Release Act

    The House resumed from October 26 consideration of the motion that Bill C-350, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (accountability of offenders), be read the third time and passed.

    Oct. 31, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 488
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    Oct. 31, 2012
  • Photo of Guy Lauzon
    Guy Lauzon spoke about Private Members' Business > Correctional and Conditional Release Act

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to summarize our debate on Bill C-350. ... more

    Oct. 26, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Irwin Cotler
    Irwin Cotler spoke about Private Members' Business > Correctional and Conditional Release Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today on the debate on Bill C-350, an act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (accountability of offenders). ... more

    Oct. 26, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Randall Garrison
    Randall Garrison spoke about Private Members' Business > Correctional and Conditional Release Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak on third reading of Bill C-350, and I am pleased to reaffirm that the NDP will be supporting this bill in the final vote. ... more

    Oct. 26, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Guy Lauzon
    Guy Lauzon spoke about Private Members' Business > Correctional and Conditional Release Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am so pleased with my Bill C-350. I get a chance to not only speak to it for 15 minutes but to reply to questions for 5 minutes. The previous question talked about victims but also about rehabilitation. I had more to say about rehabilitation, and this question allows me the chance to do that. ... more

    Oct. 26, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Guy Lauzon
    Guy Lauzon spoke about Private Members' Business > Correctional and Conditional Release Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for the question, and I appreciate the input he had into the drafting and improvement of the bill. I want to thank members on the other side of the aisle for doing the same. ... more

    Oct. 26, 2012,   Parliament
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    Guy Lauzon spoke about Private Members' Business > Correctional and Conditional Release Act

    moved that Bill C-350, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (accountability of offenders), be read the third time and passed. ... more

    Oct. 26, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Chisholm
    Robert Chisholm spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders’ Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to participate in the debate on Bill C-37. ... more

    Oct. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders’ Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to see you enter the chamber and be our Speaker for the day, it seems. We know you will perform your duties professionally, as usual. ... more

    Oct. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Corrections and Conditional Release Act

    The House resumed from September 19 consideration of Bill C-350, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (accountability of offenders), as reported (with amendment) from the committee.

    Sept. 26, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 464
    That Bill C-350, in Clause 2, be amended by replacing line 6 on page 2 with the following: “result of an order for maintenance, alimony or ... more
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    Sept. 26, 2012
  • Photo of Sadia Groguhé
    Sadia Groguhé spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, under section 737 of the Criminal Code, a judge may impose a victim surcharge on a person found guilty of a criminal offence. Specifically, this is an amount of money that accompanies any other punishment and is determined by the lower of the following amounts: 15% of any fine imposed, or, if no fine is imposed, $50 in the case of an offence punishable by summary conviction and $100 in the case of an offence punishable by indictment. Furthermore, the Criminal Code allows the judge the discretionary power not only to order an offender to pay an amount exceeding that amount “if the court...is satisfied that the offender is able to pay“, but also to make sure that the offender is able to pay the surcharge. ... more

    Sept. 21, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
    Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the hon. member on her speech. She said it in a number of ways: the NDP will not stop doing its job just because we are up against a government that is not prepared to work co-operatively. We will continue to do the work we have to do. ... more

    Sept. 21, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Djaouida Sellah
    Djaouida Sellah spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to participate in this debate on a very important bill, Bill C-37, the Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act. This bill would amend section 737 of the Criminal Code to increase victim surcharges. Specifically, it would double the amount of victim surcharges imposed on offenders from 15% to 30%, and if no fine is imposed, the surcharge will increase to $100 for offences punishable by summary conviction and to $200 for offences punishable by indictment. ... more

    Sept. 21, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Rousseau
    Jean Rousseau spoke about Private Members' Business > Corrections and Conditional Release Act > Motions in amendment

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate you on your appointment. ... more

    Sept. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
    Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe spoke about Private Members' Business > Corrections and Conditional Release Act > Motions in amendment

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in this House and speak to this bill. Many hon. members have already talked about the summary of the bill, so I will not dwell on it. It has already been done. I will instead focus on some of the points in Bill C-350. ... more

    Sept. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rosane Doré Lefebvre
    Rosane Doré Lefebvre spoke about Private Members' Business > Corrections and Conditional Release Act > Motions in amendment

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased today to speak to Bill C-350, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act. ... more

    Sept. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > Corrections and Conditional Release Act > Speaker's Ruling

    There are two motions in amendment standing on the notice paper for the report stage of Bill C-350. Motions Nos. 1 and 2 will be grouped for debate and voted upon according to the voting pattern available at the table. ... more

    Sept. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Corrections and Conditional Release Act

    The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-350, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (accountability of offenders), as reported (with amendment) from the committee.

    Sept. 19, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mathieu Ravignat
    Mathieu Ravignat spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, let me first say that I will be sharing my time with the hon. member for Beauport—Limoilou. ... more

    Sept. 18, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, before I address the hon. member for Winnipeg North, I would like to congratulate you on your appointment as Deputy Speaker. This is twice as nice for me because I am now the justice critic, and I find myself in this position because you trained me well. I will try to do my best. We will try not to be too annoying so that your job will be as pleasant as possible when you are in the chair. ... more

    Sept. 18, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Marie-Claude Morin
    Marie-Claude Morin spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to this bill, which we support at second reading. Obviously, we cannot be against virtue or against the victims, even though the members opposite claim that we are. We care about communities, Canadians and victims. We also care about the families of victims, and the families of criminals, which are sometimes blameless. ... more

    Sept. 17, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Government Orders > Increasing Offenders' Accountability for Victims Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am going to speak about section 737 of the Criminal Code. ... more

    Sept. 17, 2012,   Parliament
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