Bill C-478

Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (increasing parole ineligibility)

This bill was tabled by James Bezan on March 19, 2013.

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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 James Bezan
    James Bezan spoke about Oral Questions > Justice

    Mr. Speaker, the previous Liberal government instituted a justice system that put a greater emphasis on the rights of criminals than on the rights of victims. Our government promised to change that. ... more

    June 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    The House will now proceed to the taking of the deferred recorded division on the motion at second reading stage of Bill C-478 under private members' business.

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    The House resumed from June 4 consideration of the motion that Bill C-478, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (increasing parole ineligibility), be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 729
    That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
    • A 100%
      Green
    • A 100%
      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Bloc
    • A 100%
      NDP
    • In favour 100%
      Conservative
    June 5, 2013
  • Photo of James Bezan
    James Bezan spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to reply to the comments that have been made in the House over the last two hours of debate. I want to thank those members who have spoken out in favour of my bill and the importance of it and how it stands up for victims and the re-victimization that they face every time they have to attend an unnecessary parole board hearing. ... more

    June 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Bezan
    James Bezan spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    Mr. Speaker, I know it is rare to have filibusters take place in private members' business. It is important that we respect the rules of the House, which means the debate has to be relevant to what is taking place. None of the comments that have been made in the last minute and a half have been relevant to Bill C-478. I would ask that the member be brought to order and that he follow the rules of the House.

    June 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jonathan Genest-Jourdain
    Jonathan Genest-Jourdain spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    Mr. Speaker, today I will continue to talk to the Canadian public about my observations on the sectarian nature of the process the government has used to enact public policy since it took power. ... more

    June 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Sweet
    David Sweet spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is an honour to speak in support of the private member's bill proposed by the member for Selkirk—Interlake this evening. ... more

    June 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Massimo Pacetti
    Massimo Pacetti spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-478. ... more

    June 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Isabelle Morin
    Isabelle Morin spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am not a lawyer and I am not a judge, but as a member of Parliament I am a student of the law and a lawmaker. I speak for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine to represent the interests of the people in my riding. This allows me to understand and bring forward the concerns of regular Canadians. ... more

    June 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak on Bill C-478. I would like to begin by recognizing the member for Selkirk—Interlake for his considerable efforts in bringing this important bill forward. I would also like to share with all the members of this place why Bill C-478 is of great importance to the citizens of Okanagan—Coquihalla. ... more

    June 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    The House resumed from April 25 consideration of the motion that Bill C-478, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (increasing parole ineligibility) be read the second time and referred to a committee.

    June 4, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rick Norlock
    Rick Norlock spoke about Oral Questions > Justice

    Mr. Speaker, Canadians are concerned about crime, particularly violent and brutal murders that involve sexual assault and kidnapping. The justice system should do all it can to specifically denounce society's worst crimes. ... more

    April 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jacques Gourde
    Jacques Gourde spoke about Statements By Members > Victims of Crime

    Mr. Speaker, I am particularly moved by this year's theme for National Victims of Crime Awareness Week: “We All Have a Role”. ... more

    April 26, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hoang Mai
    Hoang Mai spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to Bill C-478, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (increasing parole ineligibility). ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Goguen
    Robert Goguen spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege to speak to the proposed amendments to the Criminal Code contained in the private member's bill before us today. ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Geoff Regan
    Geoff Regan spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak tonight in favour of Bill C-478. ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will not keep members in suspense. I will therefore say from the outset that the NDP cannot support Bill C-478 for a number of reasons. ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Bezan
    James Bezan spoke about Private Members' Business > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    moved that Bill C-478, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (increasing parole ineligibility), be read the second time and referred to a committee. ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Bezan
    James Bezan spoke about Oral Questions > Justice

    Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to keeping our streets and communities safe. That is why I introduced the respecting families of murdered and brutalized persons act. My bill would empower the courts when sentencing the most sadistic murderers. Bill C-478 would enable judges to increase the 25 year parole ineligibility period to up to 40 years in cases where a murdered victim was also brutalized through abduction and sexual assault. These depraved murderers are never released, yet the families are re-victimized every time they attend these unnecessary parole hearings. ... more

    April 25, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Bezan
    James Bezan spoke about Statements By Members > Justice

    Mr. Speaker, after losing a loved one from a horrific act by a sadistic murderer, the families of victims are forced to relive the tragedy 25 years later. ... more

    April 15, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of James Bezan
    James Bezan spoke about Routine Proceedings > Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-478, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (increasing parole ineligibility). ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament