Bill C-394

An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment)

This bill was tabled by Parm Gill on Feb. 14, 2012.

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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

Second Reading and Referral to Committee

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  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at the third reading stage of Bill C-394, under private members' business.

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    The House resumed from April 22 consideration of the motion that Bill C-394, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment), be read the third time and passed.

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
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    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Parm Gill
    Parm Gill spoke about Oral Questions > Justice

    Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to keeping our streets and communities safe. This is why I have introduced Bill C-394. My legislation targets those who attempt to recruit youth into gangs. Parents want gangs off our streets and out of their neighbourhoods. This legislation would help to achieve precisely that. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 672
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
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    May 1, 2013
  • Photo of Parm Gill
    Parm Gill spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank all of my hon. colleagues for taking the time to participate in the debate on this important piece of legislation. Bill C-394 is legislation that Canada needs in order to make our streets and communities safer for everyone to enjoy. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Goguen
    Robert Goguen spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak today in support of Bill C-394, criminal organization recruitment, which aims to address the important issue of gang recruitment. Combatting organized crime has been a long-standing commitment of this government, and I would like to thank the hon. member for Brampton—Springdale for introducing Bill C-394, a bill that would very much continue to build on these efforts. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sean Casey
    Sean Casey spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the debate on Bill C-394 and the issue of gang recruitment. I had the privilege of sitting in on the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights while it considered this legislation, and I will expand on some of the issues discussed in those meetings. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today as Bill C-394, presented by my colleague the member for Brampton—Springdale, reaches third reading. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Parm Gill
    Parm Gill spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, when I was putting together the bill, I had an opportunity to travel right across the country and discuss it with a number of different stakeholders and communities, including youth. I came across far too many incidents like the one I shared in my remarks about gang members in Winnipeg targeting younger and younger people with some of their tactics. This is very heartbreaking, the destroying of our future, because especially at a young age, as young as eight years of age, these young people have no idea what they are getting into. They are being enticed. Their lives are being ruined. These criminal gangs are terrorizing our communities and our streets. Bill C-394 would help protect us.

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Parm Gill
    Parm Gill spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, our government has a strong record. It has actually invested more money in protecting Canadians and in our justice system than any previous government in history. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
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    Parm Gill spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    moved that Bill C-394, an act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment), be read the third time and passed. ... more

    April 30, 2013,   Parliament
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    Dan Albas spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 667
    That Bill C-394, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment), as amended, be concurred in at report stage.
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    April 24, 2013
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-394, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment), as reported (with amendments) from the committee.

    April 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace 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 21st report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in relation to Bill C-394, an act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment). ... more

    March 28, 2013,   Parliament
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    Mike Wallace spoke

    Thank you very much. ... more

    March 27, 2013,   Parliament
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    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
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    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
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    Mike Wallace spoke

    Thank you. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
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    Sean Casey spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chairman. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
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    Absolutely. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke

    Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen. We're into the second half of our meeting. We're going to do the clause-by-clause on Bill C-394. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Hon. Andrew Swan spoke

    Well, if there is an actual act of violence committed against somebody who's attempting to leave a gang, of course that would be a Criminal Code offence and it would allow the police to become involved. But where the gang uses their force to intimidate somebody, to threaten somebody—not just the gang member, but potentially their family, their friends, their associates—we think that is serious enough that it should be included in Bill C-394.

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Hon. Andrew Swan spoke

    No, I think the question and response had to do with the five-year maximums set out in proposed Bill C-394. We would agree with expanding the circumstances under Bill C-394 to take into account where the recruitment is taking place.

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
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