Bill C-479

An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders

An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (fairness for victims)

This bill was tabled by David Sweet 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

Activity Feed

  • Photo of Rick Norlock
    Rick Norlock spoke about Private Members’ Business > An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders

    Mr. Speaker, I welcome the opportunity to continue the debate on Bill C-479, an act to bring fairness for the victims of violent offenders, a bill which I support, with amendments proposed by the government. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke about Private Members’ Business > An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak to Bill C-479, introduced by the member opposite. The NDP stands behind initiatives that promote fairness for victims of crime, as well as their families and their communities, which are often collateral victims. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Candice Bergen
    Candice Bergen spoke about Private Members’ Business > An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders

    Mr. Speaker, I welcome the opportunity today to rise and speak in support of private member's Bill C-479, which was brought forward by my colleague, the member for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Francis Scarpaleggia
    Francis Scarpaleggia spoke about Private Members’ Business > An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders

    Mr. Speaker, as a rule we must analyze legislation such as Bill C-479 through the prism of the important overriding objective of ensuring the long-term public safety of Canadian society, and that means being smart about crime. We must also measure such legislation against the criterion of whether it harms or helps victims or, if neutral, whether more could be done to support victims. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Private Members’ Business > An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders

    Mr. Speaker, again, I want to thank the hon. member for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale for introducing Bill C-479, which the NDP will support at second reading. I must admit that we will support it without much reservation. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Françoise Boivin
    Françoise Boivin spoke about Private Members’ Business > An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders

    Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale for introducing Bill C-479. This bill seems to address many of the recommendations made by the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Sweet
    David Sweet spoke about Private Members’ Business > An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders

    moved that Bill C-479, an act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (fairness for victims), be read the second time and referred to a committee. ... more

    May 10, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Stéphane Dion

    We already voted on it. It's just that I'm still uncomfortable. I don't want to revisit the vote—it has been done. It's just when you say C-479, I think the following. ... more

    March 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Michel Bédard spoke

    The next bill is C-479. It will make amendments to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act respecting parole review hearings. ... more

    March 21, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of David Sweet
    David Sweet spoke about Routine Proceedings > An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders

    moved for leave to introduce Bill C-479, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (fairness for victims). ... more

    Feb. 27, 2013,   Parliament