Bill C-523 (Historical)
An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (accessibility in transportation)
This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.
Pat Martin NDP
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduction and First Reading
(This bill did not become law.)
Create Your Canada Contest
Statements By Members
June 4th, 2010 / 11:10 a.m.
Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and pay tribute to Sam Unrau, the 2010 winner of the Create your Canada contest. This contest invited Winnipeg high school students to suggest their ideas for a private member's bill to make Canada a better place.
On Wednesday, Sam came to Ottawa to witness his Bill C-523 being introduced and given first reading in the House of Commons. Mr. Unrau, who uses a wheelchair for mobility, won the contest for his proposal that Canada conduct an accessibility audit of all federally regulated modes of transportation. Sam's thoughtful proposal seeks to create an environment in which people of all levels of physical ability can travel with dignity.
Our thanks go to Pauline Clarke, the Chief Superintendent of the Winnipeg School Division; Mr. Scott Gair, of Encore Music, for his generosity in providing airfare; Mr. Dave Taylor, Sam's excellent teacher at Argyle School; and all the students in Winnipeg who participated in the contest.
It was Sam's first trip to Ottawa, but I predict that Ottawa has not seen the last of this fine young man.
Canada Transportation Act
June 2nd, 2010 / 3:45 p.m.
Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-523, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (accessibility in transportation).
Mr. Speaker, I cannot tell members how proud and honoured I am to introduce this bill.
I would like to begin by thanking my colleague, the member Western Arctic, who is the NDP transportation critic.
In introducing this bill, I also wish to recognize and pay tribute to Winnipeg High School student, Sam Unrau, who was the winner of the Winnipeg Centre “Create your Canada” contest. This contest invited Winnipeg High School students to submit their ideas for a private member's bill to make Canada a better place to live.
Sam's thoughtful proposal comes from his personal experience as a person with spina bifida, confined to a wheelchair, and those of his friends and colleagues with disabilities, so that people with all levels of physical ability can travel in Canada with more dignity.
The bill itself requires the Minister of Transport to direct the Canadian Transportation Agency to conduct an accessibility audit of all forms of transportation under federal jurisdiction in order to remove any undue obstacles to the mobility of persons with disabilities and to improve their ability to travel in this country.
This bill coincides with Manitoba's week for persons with disabilities access issues. It also, I note, coincides with the recent move of Canada to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. All of these things combine together to make this a very worthy initiative.
Congratulations to my student from Winnipeg, Sam Unrau.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)