National Cemetery of Canada Act

An Act to establish the National Cemetery of Canada

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.


Mauril Bélanger  Liberal

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


Not active, as of Feb. 27, 2007
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment provides for the designation of Beechwood Cemetery as the National Cemetery of Canada.


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National Cemetery of Canada ActRoutine Proceedings

February 27th, 2007 / 10:05 a.m.
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Mauril Bélanger Liberal Ottawa—Vanier, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-408, An Act to establish the National Cemetery of Canada.

Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to introduce Bill C-408, An Act to establish the National Cemetery of Canada in the House this morning.

First I want to thank the hon. member for Ottawa—Orléans for seconding this bill, and I know that the hon. member for Ottawa Centre will express his desire, later today, to second it as well.

The purpose of this bill is essentially to make Beechwood Cemetery the National Cemetery of Canada. Statesmen and stateswomen are buried in that cemetery as are a number of generals. In fact, a rather accurate reflection of this country can be found there.

I am pleased that the representatives of the cemetery and its not for profit foundation have demonstrated their respect for the bilingual nature of our country, our linguistic duality and cultural diversity.

The people who have been managing the cemetery for the last few years have demonstrated their sensitivity to the make up of Canada and the cemetery now reflects Canada's cultural diversity. It also reflects the proud military history and of the police. In effect, all the ingredients that are necessary for a national cemetery are found there.

I hope my colleagues will see the non-partisan aspect of this bill by the fact that members of the government and the other opposition parties have supported it, and will see to it that it becomes law.

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