Bill C-447 (Historical)
Department of Peace Act
An Act to establish the Department of Peace
This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.
This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.
Bill Siksay NDP
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduction and First Reading
(This bill did not become law.)
Civilian Peace Service
September 29th, 2010 / 3:20 p.m.
Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON
Mr. Speaker, the next petition is from individuals who draw attention to the fact that there is no department in the Government of Canada or no minister in the federal cabinet with a mandate to encourage a culture of peace and non-violent conflict resolution.
The petitioners ask that Canada consider the lack of a specialized force of peace professionals trained in conflict prevention and reconciliation in Canada and globally, and respectfully request that the Parliament support Bill C-447, which would establish a department of peace and a civilian peace service for Canada.
Department of Peace Act
September 30th, 2009 / 3:15 p.m.
Bill Siksay Burnaby—Douglas, BC
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-447, An Act to establish the Department of Peace.
Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to table a private member's bill today that calls for the establishment of a department of peace as a full federal government department.
I would like to thank the member for Scarborough—Agincourt for seconding the bill.
The bill is based on the model developed by the Canadian department of peace initiative. This bill would establish a full, comprehensive department of peace as part of the infrastructure of the Canadian government, with its own minister, department and resources, and put peace at the centre of government rather than on the corner of a desk of another minister or other public servants.
There would be a voice dedicated to the promotion of peace at the cabinet table.
The department's mandate would be to promote a culture of peace and the non-violent resolution of conflict in Canada and around the world and to build institutions for long-term research policy and action for sustainable peace.
The bill would also establish a Canadian civilian peace service to further professionalize peace work by Canadians.
A similar youth peace service is also contemplated by the bill.
As the co-chairs of the Canadian department of peace initiative, Bill Bhaneja and Saul Arbess have noted that this bill is about the need to bring peace through peaceful means.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)