Italian-Canadian Recognition and Restitution Act

An Act to recognize the injustice that was done to persons of Italian origin through their "enemy alien" designation and internment during the Second World War, and to provide for restitution and promote education on Italian-Canadian history

This bill was last introduced in the 38th Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in November 2005.

Sponsor

Massimo Pacetti  Liberal

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

Status

Not active, as of April 21, 2005
(This bill did not become law.)

Elsewhere

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December 8th, 2009 / 11:45 a.m.
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Liberal

Massimo Pacetti Liberal Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel, QC

I'll be very brief. I just wanted to correct the record, because in the 38th Parliament, in the first reading version of Bill C-368, which I'm not going to bore the committee with, the introduction is exactly the same as this bill. It reads:

An Act to recognize the injustice that was done to persons of Italian origin through their “enemy alien” designation and internment during the Second World War, and to provide for restitution and promote education on Italian-Canadian history

The first reading was on April 21, 2005, and the sponsor of the bill was Mr. Pacetti. So I'm not sure what kind of research the member opposite did. It's not that difficult. All he has to do is call the Library of Parliament if he doesn't know how to look it up on the search engines that the Library of Parliament provides.

I also subsequently retabled the same bill for the 39th Parliament. The first reading was dated June 19, 2007. The bill, again, is Bill C-461, and it reads:

An Act to recognize the injustice that was done to persons of Italian origin through their “enemy alien” designation and internment during the Second World War, and to provide for restitution and promote education on Italian-Canadian history

So I am waiting for the apology in writing from the member opposite.

I also would like to read into the record that the members for the Conservative Party are, I believe.... I'll have to go through a list, but there was Mr. Goldring, Mr. Mark, and there were at least four or five other Conservatives who voted for the bill at second reading. So I think there's another apology awaiting me for that one.

But I would prefer if we can just go directly to the bill and vote on the clause-by-clause rather than trying to set up a score sheet and seeing who's right and who's wrong.

Italian-Canadian Recognition and Restitution ActRoutine Proceedings

April 21st, 2005 / 10:05 a.m.
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Liberal

Massimo Pacetti Liberal Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-368, an act to recognize the injustice that was done to persons of Italian origin through their “enemy alien” designation and internment during the Second World War, and to provide for restitution and promote education on Italian-Canadian history.

Mr. Speaker, the purpose of this bill is to recognize the injustice that was done to persons of Italian origin through their enemy alien designation and internment during the second world war, and to provide for restitution and promote education on Italian-Canadian history.

Canadians of Italian origin have made and continue to make a remarkable contribution to the development of Canada.

Despite this contribution, many persons of Italian origin were unjustly registered and interned by the Government of Canada during the second world war solely because of their ethnic origin. These persons were, while interned, made to labour for Canada without pay on projects such as road construction and the clearing of land. It is necessary and timely for these injustices to be publicly recognized and for appropriate restitution to be made in the form of public education.

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