Bill C-444

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer)

This bill was tabled by Earl Dreeshen on Sept. 27, 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

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of Earl Dreeshen
    Earl Dreeshen spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am humbled to rise today to wrap up this debate on Bill C-444, my private member's bill. ... more

    June 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    The House resumed from May 31 consideration of the motion that Bill C-444, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer), be read the third time and passed.

    June 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jean Crowder
    Jean Crowder spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer)

    Mr. Speaker, I want to begin by acknowledging that New Democrats will be supporting this private member's bill. I want to commend the member for Red Deer for being so persistent in bringing it forward. I know he has worked on it for a number of years. I also think it speaks to the fact that we as parliamentarians do respond to our constituents. My understanding is that the member for Red Deer brought this forward as a result of an incident in his riding. ... more

    May 31, 2013,   Parliament
  • 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
  • Photo of Denis Blanchette
    Denis Blanchette spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer)

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House to speak to Bill C-444. ... more

    May 31, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Goguen
    Robert Goguen spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer)

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak today in support of Bill C-444, an act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer). ... more

    May 31, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jamie Nicholls
    Jamie Nicholls spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer)

    Mr. Speaker, today I will be talking about Bill C-444, An Act to amend the Criminal Code. ... more

    May 31, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Earl Dreeshen
    Earl Dreeshen spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer)

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

    May 31, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer)

    The House proceeded to the consideration of Bill C-444, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer), as reported (without amendment) from the committee.

    May 31, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke

    The other one is for Bill C-444, an act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer), which we dealt with. That was for witnesses and it was for $3,000. Would somebody move that for me?

    April 29, 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 23rd report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in relation to Bill C-444, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (personating peace officer or public officer). ... more

    April 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke

    We're going to call this meeting back to order. We've been joined by our guests, Ms. Laurie Long and Ms. Jordan Knelsen-Long. I want to thank you for joining us as witnesses to Bill C-444. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke

    When you began your testimony, Member Dreeshen, you mentioned specifically that this week is the correct week to bring this bill forward to this committee, obviously because this is a week for remembering and becoming more aware of the issues that victims face, so I'd like to focus my questioning specifically on victims. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joyce Bateman

    Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Earl Dreeshen

    Indeed the bill before us came about because of discussions I had with the victim in this particular instance. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Earl Dreeshen

    Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke

    Thank you very much. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke

    Ladies and gentlemen, I'll call this meeting to order. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke

    Thank you very much. That is the bill for today. ... more

    March 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Earl Dreeshen
    Earl Dreeshen spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, two days ago Canadians took to the airwaves for the Let's Talk initiative to help bring awareness of those struggling with mental health issues. ... more

    Feb. 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, this is a good bill. I would like to thank my colleague, the member for Red Deer, for tabling this piece of legislation. It is identical to Bill C-576, which he tabled in the 40th Parliament and at that time was supported unanimously at second reading. I will beg his forgiveness if I repeat a lot of the information that was already said, but when we are supporting a good bill, there is nothing wrong with repeating the good points about it. ... more

    Feb. 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Raymond Côté
    Raymond Côté spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise in the House to speak to Bill C-444. ... more

    Feb. 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sean Casey
    Sean Casey spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to Bill C-444, presented by the Conservative member for Red Deer. According to the bill, its enactment amends the Criminal Code to establish that impersonating a police officer or a public officer for the purpose of committing another offence must be considered by a court to be an aggravating circumstance for sentencing purposes. ... more

    Feb. 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill C-444, introduced by the hon. member for Red Deer. ... more

    Feb. 14, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kerry-Lynne Findlay
    Kerry-Lynne Findlay spoke about Private Members' Business > Criminal Code

    Mr. Speaker, when I was speaking to this before, I commented on the problems that could arise with police personation because it offends a natural trust, which we would like to think is ordinarily well-founded, that could be exploited and abused by criminals for their own purposes. Every time someone pretends to be a peace officer or a public officer with the intent of deceiving the public or a particular person, damage is indeed done to society's overall ability to trust in the uniform and the other identifiable tools and equipment that such officers would normally carry. ... more

    Feb. 14, 2013,   Parliament
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