Bill C-452

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons)

This bill was tabled by Maria Mourani on Oct. 17, 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

Activity Feed

  • Ms. Claudette Bastien (President, Comité d'action contre la traite humaine interne et international) spoke

    Thank you very much. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Michael Maidment (Area Director, Public Relations and Development, Federal Government Liaison Officer, Salvation Army) spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair and committee members. My name is Michael Maidment. I'm the federal government liaison officer for the Salvation Army in Canada. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Julie Miville-Dechêne (President, Quebec Council on the Status of Women) spoke

    Thank you for having me. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
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    Mike Wallace spoke

    Ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to call the meeting to order. We are waiting for two more guests, but we'll get started. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
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    Pierre Jacob spoke

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    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Madeleine Bourget (Vice-President, Association féminine d'éducation et d'action sociale (Afeas)) spoke

    Good afternoon. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Joy Smith
    Joy Smith spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Robert Hooper (Chair, Walk With Me Canada Victim Services) spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Ms. Éliane Legault-Roy (Responsible for communications, Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle) spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke

    Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to meeting number 71 of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Pursuant to the order of reference of Wednesday, March 6, 2013, we are studying Bill C-452, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons). ... more

    May 1, 2013,   Parliament
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    Mike Wallace spoke

    Okay. That's your time. Thank you very much. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Det Sgt Dominic Monchamp spoke

    Good afternoon. I would like to thank you for having invited me here today. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Inspector Gordon Perrier (Inspector, Criminal Investigation Bureau, Division #43 (Major Crime Division), Winnipeg Police Service) spoke

    Good afternoon. I'm honoured to be here today representing the Winnipeg Police Service, and I'm very pleased to speak with you on such an important issue. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
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    Joy Smith spoke

    Thank you very much. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Maria Mourani

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

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
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    Mike Wallace spoke

    (Motion agreed to) ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke

    Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, meeting number 70. According to our orders of the day, pursuant to order of reference of Wednesday, March 6, 2013, Bill C-452, an act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons) will be in front of us today, Wednesday, and Monday of next week. ... more

    April 29, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mark Eyking
    Mark Eyking spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Human Trafficking

    Mr. Speaker, I rise to present a petition on behalf of 32 constituents in my riding calling on the government to support Bill C-452, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons).

    April 24, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Raymond Côté
    Raymond Côté spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Human Trafficking

    Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by a large number of people from the Quebec City region, in support of Bill C-452, which is designed to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

    April 24, 2013,   Parliament
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    Mike Wallace spoke

    That's it, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very much. ... more

    April 22, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mark Eyking
    Mark Eyking spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Human Trafficking

    Mr. Speaker, I have with me a certified petition signed by 65 residents from my riding calling on the government to support Bill C-452, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons) in combatting human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

    April 15, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Maria Mourani
    Maria Mourani spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Human Trafficking

    Mr. Speaker, I am very proud to table a petition calling on all members to support Bill C-452, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons), which I introduced recently and which is currently being examined by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. ... more

    April 15, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Alex Atamanenko
    Alex Atamanenko spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Human Trafficking

    Mr. Speaker, the third one is in support of Bill C-452, dealing with human trafficking, which includes crimes committed within Canada and in foreign countries. The petitioners call upon the House of Commons to support Bill C-452, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons).

    April 15, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe
    Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Exploitation and Trafficking in Persons

    Mr. Speaker, today I am tabling a petition signed by men and women of Pierrefonds who want to bring our attention to the fact that trafficking in persons and sexual exploitation are serious crimes that we must fight vigorously. They are asking the House to support Bill C-452, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons).

    March 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Raymond Côté
    Raymond Côté spoke about Routine Proceedings > Petitions > Human Trafficking

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table in the House a petition signed by a large number of constituents in Beauport—Limoilou. This petition is in support of Bill C-452, which is designed to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

    March 8, 2013,   Parliament
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