Bill C-471

Tamil Heritage Month Act

An Act to designate the month of January as Tamil Heritage Month

This bill was tabled by Rathika Sitsabaiesan on March 19, 2013.


How does a bill become a law?

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

Introduction and First Reading

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  • Photo of Rathika Sitsabaiesan
    Rathika Sitsabaiesan spoke about Routine Proceedings > Tamil Heritage Month Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-471, An Act to designate the month of January as Tamil Heritage Month. ... more

    Jan. 31, 2013,   Parliament