An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (oath or solemn affirmation)

This bill was last introduced in the 37th Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2002.


Eugène Bellemare  Liberal

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


Not active, as of June 20, 2002
(This bill did not become law.)


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Parliament of Canada ActRoutine Proceedings

June 20th, 2002 / 10:05 a.m.
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Eugène Bellemare Liberal Ottawa—Orléans, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-480, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (oath or solemn affirmation).

Mr. Speaker, the bill being introduced at first reading today provides for a new condition to be added to the oath taking ceremony for each member of the House of Commons, as stated in the amendment to the Parliament of Canada Act I am now proposing. This new condition would be a solemn affirmation of loyalty to Canada.

The bill is an add on to the obligations of members of the House of Commons under the Constitution Act, 1867 where the fifth schedule stipulates that we must swear allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen.

I move today that an additionnal oath be taken by members of the House, an oath which is just as important as the existing one and which is the solemn affirmation of the loyalty we all owe to our country.

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