Conscientious Objection Act

An Act respecting conscientious objection to the use of taxes for military purposes

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.

Sponsor

Alex Atamanenko  NDP

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

Status

Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013

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Summary

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This enactment permits individuals who object on conscientious or religious grounds to paying taxes that might be used for military purposes to request that an amount equal to the military portion of income tax paid by the individual in a taxation year be credited to a special account established for non-military peace-building purposes.

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Conscientious Objection Act
Routine Proceedings

November 28th, 2011 / 3:10 p.m.
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NDP

Alex Atamanenko British Columbia Southern Interior, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-363, An Act respecting conscientious objection to the use of taxes for military purposes.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present this bill respecting conscientious objection to the use of taxes for military purposes. As an aside, I thank my colleague from New Westminster—Coquitlam for seconding this bill.

According to this bill, once an individual registers with the Minister of National Revenue as a conscientious objector, he or she may then request that a portion of taxes for military purposes be credited to a special conscientious objectors' account. This money would then be used for any non-military peace-building purposes.

I would like to congratulate my former colleague, Bill Siksay, for all his hard work in this area. Details of how this can be implemented are outlined in the bill.

I would also like to thank Anna Kirkpatrick and others from Conscience Canada who worked with me to fine-tune this bill.

Let us give peace a chance.

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