An Act to amend the Competition Act and the Food and Drugs Act (child protection against advertising exploitation)

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.

Sponsor

Peter Julian  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Not active, as of March 22, 2007
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Competition Act and the Food and Drugs Act to expressly restrict advertising and promotion, for commercial purposes, of products, food, drugs, cosmetics or devices directly to children under thirteen years of age.

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Competition Act
Routine Proceedings

March 22nd, 2007 / 10:05 a.m.
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NDP

Peter Julian Burnaby—New Westminster, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-414, An Act to amend the Competition Act and the Food and Drugs Act (child protection against advertising exploitation).

Mr. Speaker, I introduce today a bill to amend the Competition Act and the Food and Drugs Act to provide child protection against advertising exploitation.

What we see with children is an overload of commercials and advertising. Essentially, the bill would ban commercial advertising or promotion of products such as fast foods, drugs, cosmetics, and devices aimed at children younger than 13.

The average Canadian child sees 350,000 commercials before graduating from high school. That is an astonishing number. This type of bill has already been in place in Quebec. We have found that the bill in Quebec has led to 3.5 million to 8.1 million fewer fast food meals being consumed by Quebec residents.

This worked in Quebec to reduce junk food consumption. I hope the House will support this bill.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)