Bill C-36

Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (elder abuse)

This bill was tabled by Rob Nicholson on March 15, 2012.

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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 Irwin Cotler
    Irwin Cotler spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer)

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by once again thanking the member for Red Deer for the work he has done to bring the issue of the personation of peace officers to the attention of the House. As he and others have correctly pointed out, there have been a number of offences committed in recent years in which the offender personated an officer in order to facilitate illegal activity, and these instances have the profoundly troubling consequence of undermining public trust in the police and other officials. ... more

    May 31, 2013,   Parliament
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    Further to the comment on denouncing the crimes, I think that's up to all of us as parliamentarians. I think that is the work each and every one of us will be doing if this bill is supported and it goes to the next stage, and then we can convince the Senate to move it on. I think that's something all of us as parliamentarians have a responsibility to do. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
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    Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
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    Earl Dreeshen spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    moved that Bill C-444, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer), be read the second time and referred to a committee. ... more

    Jan. 30, 2013,   Parliament
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    Barry Devolin spoke about Royal Assent > Message from the Senate
    Dec. 14, 2012,   Parliament
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    Great. ... more

    Nov. 27, 2012,   Parliament
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    Joe Comartin spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    It being six o'clock, the House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at the third reading stage of Bill C-36. ... more

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    The House resumed from November 5 consideration of the motion that Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (elder abuse), be read the third time and passed.

    Nov. 6, 2012,   Parliament
  • Vote 491
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    Nov. 6, 2012
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague from Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel for her very instructive speech. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would first like to thank my colleague, who has also done wonderful work to promote a senior's right to a decent standard of living in our great country. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
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    Irene Mathyssen spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Élaine Michaud
    Élaine Michaud spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Trois-Rivières for generously sharing his time with me. As he mentioned, this is an issue that affects all of us personally, whether now or later. Therefore, it is important to have an opportunity to debate it. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise here in the House to speak to this bill. As a member of the official opposition who sits on the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, I am participating in the debate at third reading, after the tabling of the House committee's report on Bill C-36. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the hon. member for Brome—Missisquoi. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, we are talking more about penalties than about offences. Since the member is a great lawyer, I would like to know how he interprets the expression often used by the government in Bill C-36: ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
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    Irwin Cotler spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise to speak to Bill C-36, what the government has named the protecting Canada's seniors act. I am pleased to do so not only as a senior myself but also on behalf of a riding that has one of the greatest concentrations of senior citizens anywhere in the country. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
    Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for his question. It is true that the elderly who are new immigrants or who do not speak French or English have certain specific vulnerability factors that must be considered. The committee heard from Dr. Butt, the executive director of the Social Services Network, who spoke about Bill C-36. She said we must make sure that seniors receive the services they need to access the legal system, know the rights they have here in Canada, know they can trust the police, have access to information and to services, and are able to surmount the language barrier, which really is a problem. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
    Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for her question. It is true that all too often we see this government introduce bills that are intended to meet the needs of the community. However, when we dig a little deeper, we realize that they are nothing but a smokescreen and that the more concrete measures that should be taken to resolve the issues have been sidestepped. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I congratulate the member for Pierrefonds—Dollard for all the work she has done on protecting the elderly and raising awareness about the problem of elder abuse. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
    Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have worked on Bill C-36 with my colleagues from all parties on the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. I am also pleased to rise today to discuss the testimony heard in committee during the study of the bill and to make comments. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I listened to my colleague's speech. It is always a pleasure to work on issues with him at the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Goguen
    Robert Goguen spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am not certain I understood the question, but this government has certainly been taking major steps to draw attention to elder abuse. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
    Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my hon. colleague for his very hard and very dedicated work on the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. But I do have a question for the member. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Goguen
    Robert Goguen spoke about Government Orders > Protecting Canada's Seniors Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to speak to Bill C-36, Protecting Canada's Seniors Act, following its review by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Bill C-36 builds on our government's commitment to protect the most vulnerable members of society, including the elderly. To this end, Bill C-36 proposes to consider as an aggravating factor in sentencing the fact that an offence has had a significant impact on the victim because of the combination of his or her age and any other aspect of his or her personal situation, including his or her health and financial situation. ... more

    Nov. 5, 2012,   Parliament
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