Bill S-209

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

This bill was tabled by on March 16, 2012.

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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

First Reading

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  • Photo of Andrew Scheer
    Andrew Scheer spoke about Royal Assent

    I have the honour to inform the House that when the House did attend His Excellency the Governor General in the Senate chamber, His Excellency was pleased to give, in Her Majesty's name, the royal assent to certain bills: ... more

    June 19, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    June 12, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    The House resumed from May 29 consideration of the motion that Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights), be read the third time and passed.

    June 5, 2013,   Parliament
  • Vote 728
    That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
    • In favour 100%
      Green
    • In favour 100%
      Liberal
    • In favour 100%
      Bloc
    • In favour 100%
      NDP
    • In favour 95%
      Conservative
    June 5, 2013
  • Photo of Pierre Jacob
    Pierre Jacob spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    Mr. Speaker, like many Canadians, I have some reservations about this kind of sport. The glorified violence in combat sports, such as boxing or extreme fighting, has a social cost. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mathieu Ravignat
    Mathieu Ravignat spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    Mr. Speaker, I admit I am particularly pleased and happy to rise in the House this evening to contribute to a debate on Bill S-209 because this is a golden opportunity to talk about one of my passions, Meibukan karate, an art that I have practised for 25 years and that I teach to children in my riding. What a coincidence that I will be giving a course at the Cascades Sports Club in Chelsea this evening. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Carol Hughes
    Carol Hughes spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    Mr. Speaker, I rise to offer a few remarks on Bill S-209, an act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights). ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of François Lapointe
    François Lapointe spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House to speak to a rather pleasant subject. It is not as hard or unsettling as many of the other things we talk about. We can actually enjoy talking about it. It does a lot of good. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Christine Moore
    Christine Moore spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to speak about Bill S-209, which originated in the Senate, as its number indicates. ... more

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    The House resumed from May 6, 2013, consideration of the motion that Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights), be read the third time and passed.

    May 30, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Glenn Thibeault
    Glenn Thibeault spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    Mr. Speaker, thank you for informing me about the time. I will do my best to get the seven minutes in. I will take my remaining time at the next sitting. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hoang Mai
    Hoang Mai spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights). ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Sean Casey
    Sean Casey spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to rise today in the House to speak in support of Bill S-209. I want to applaud the hard work of the Liberal member for Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel. He has worked very hard with other members from all parties and with the mixed martial arts community to make this happen. I am also very pleased that the government is in support of this Liberal initiative in the House of Commons. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Matthew Dubé
    Matthew Dubé spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise today to speak to Bill S-209. As the previous speaker pointed out, this issue was also addressed in Bill C-31, which was introduced in a previous Parliament. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Robert Goguen
    Robert Goguen spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be able to speak today in support of Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights). ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Massimo Pacetti
    Massimo Pacetti spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    moved that the bill be read the third time and passed. ... more

    May 6, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Massimo Pacetti
    Massimo Pacetti spoke about Private Members' Business > An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (prize fights)

    moved that Bill S-209 be concurred in. ... more

    May 6, 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 Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke about Routine Proceedings > Committees of the House > Justice and Human Rights

    Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the fifth report of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in relation to Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights). ... more

    April 18, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke

    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    April 15, 2013,   Parliament
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    Thank you, Mr. Chair. ... more

    April 15, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Mike Wallace
    Mike Wallace spoke

    Ladies and gentlemen, let me call this meeting to order. We are the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. This is meeting number 68. According to the order of reference of Wednesday, November 28, 2012, we are studying Bill S-209, an act to amend the Criminal Code (prize fights). ... more

    April 15, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Hoang Mai
    Hoang Mai spoke

    Are you aware of other types of sport that are perhaps similar to MMA, but are still considered illegal in Canada? Is there something that is similar, some sort of illegal combat, that might then be allowed under Bill S-209?

    March 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Photo of Dan Albas
    Dan Albas spoke

    Bill S-209 will extend the exemption for amateur prize fights in a number of ways. ... more

    March 27, 2013,   Parliament
  • Mr. Tom Wright (Director of UFC Operations for Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Zuffa Canada Productions, LLC) spoke

    Mr. Chair, Madam Vice-Chair, and members of the committee, I want to first and foremost thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak to you this morning. ... more

    March 27, 2013,   Parliament
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