Bill C-54

Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (mental disorder)

This bill was tabled by Rob Nicholson on March 19, 2013.

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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 Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, at the outset, I would like to say that we have had a lot to thank the staff for here on Parliament Hill, particularly for the last four and a half weeks but also the entire session and entire time since the last election. However, the last four and a half weeks, with our working late hours past midnight just about every night, a lot of people have been putting in a lot of work, security staff and the like. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Jonathan Tremblay
    Jonathan Tremblay spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, before getting to the meat of this subject, I would like to mark a sad anniversary today. Earlier in the day, we had the 50th time allocation motion imposed on us, the 50th gag order. In this 41st parliament, Tuesday, June 18 is a sad anniversary. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Randall Garrison
    Randall Garrison spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Montmorency—Charlevoix—Haute-Côte-Nord. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kyle Seeback
    Kyle Seeback spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, I find it a bit rich that a member from that party is somehow suggesting we are not doing enough for victims. It would be funny, if it were not so tragic. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kevin Lamoureux
    Kevin Lamoureux spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, in debating Bill C-54, there are two issues that come to mind for me personally. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Kyle Seeback
    Kyle Seeback spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased tonight to be speaking to Bill C-54. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

    The House resumed from June 17 consideration of the motion that Bill C-54, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (mental disorder), be read the third time and passed.

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Elizabeth May
    Elizabeth May spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act > Bill C-54—Time Allocation Motion

    Mr. Speaker, seeing that the minister wants to address the substance of the bill, having been at committee when the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Sue O'Sullivan testified, I was surprised that among her many amendments that would have spoke to what victims wanted, so many of the measures were not included in Bill C-54. It was very clear from the victims rights groups that testified at committee. Most of them saw the very compelling need to ensure adequate mental health services, that we had more in place for prevention and that the not criminally responsible sections that were most important to victims were the ones about notification. These are not the ones who are most under assault by those who are expert in clinical psychology, forensic psychology, review boards and legal experts. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Rob Nicholson
    Rob Nicholson spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act > Bill C-54—Time Allocation Motion

    Mr. Speaker, I would like to spend the whole 30 minutes talking about great Canadians like Brian Mulroney and other great Canadians, but 30 minutes would not be nearly enough to talk about the accomplishments of Conservative prime ministers in this country. It would not even come close to what we would need. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act > Bill C-54—Time Allocation Motion

    moved: ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > Privilege > Data Used by Government with Respect to Bill C-54

    Mr. Speaker, I rise to respond briefly to last night's further intervention by the hon. member for Kingston and the Islands on the question of privilege respecting Bill C-54, the not criminally responsible reform act. My intervention will be brief and I hope it will be the final of many interventions on this point. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 760
    That, in relation to Bill C-54, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (mental disorder), not more than five further hours shall be allotted to the consideration of the third reading stage of the Bill; ... more
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    June 18, 2013
  • Photo of Guy Caron
    Guy Caron spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act > Third Reading

    Mr. Speaker, indeed, that statement came from someone who suffered a terrible tragedy. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Guy Caron
    Guy Caron spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act > Third Reading

    Mr. Speaker, I rise before the House for the second time this evening, this time, to speak to Bill C-54. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act > Third Reading

    Mr. Speaker, I agree 100%. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act > Third Reading

    Mr. Speaker, it is my honour this evening to speak to Bill C-54. It is also my honour to be the chair of the justice committee, which has recently dealt with the discussion on this piece of legislation. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hedy Fry
    Hedy Fry spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act > Third Reading

    Mr. Speaker, sometimes listening and hearing are two different things. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act > Third Reading

    The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill C-54, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (mental disorder), be read the third time and passed.

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Peter Van Loan
    Peter Van Loan spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act > Bill C-54—Notice of Time Allocation Motion

    Mr. Speaker, I must advise that an agreement has not been reached under the provisions of Standing Orders 78(1) or 78(2) concerning the proceedings at third reading of Bill C-54, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (mental disorder). ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hedy Fry
    Hedy Fry spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise to address Bill C-54, the not criminally responsible reform act. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hoang Mai
    Hoang Mai spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, thank you for giving me more time to speak to Bill C-54, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act . ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

    The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill C-54, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (mental disorder), be read a third time and passed.

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Ted Hsu
    Ted Hsu spoke about Government Orders > Privilege > Data Used by Government with Respect to Bill C-54

    Mr. Speaker, I rose last Wednesday to raise a question of privilege in relation to a report central to the deliberations of the House on Bill C-54, the not criminally responsible reform act. I have since had the benefit of reading the interventions of the member for Skeena—Bulkley Valley and the hon. Minister of Justice and I wish to respond this evening. ... more

    June 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hoang Mai
    Hoang Mai spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, we are debating Bill C-54, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (mental disorder), at third reading. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Fin Donnelly
    Fin Donnelly spoke about Government Orders > Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, the member referred to Darcie Clarke who lives in my riding. She was the victim who lost her three children to her husband at the time, Allan Schoenborn. That was a very public case, and I understand this legislation would address some of the problems associated with the Schoenborn case; obviously not all but it would be a move in the right direction. ... more

    June 17, 2013,   Parliament
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