An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (closed captioning)

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.


Michael Savage  Liberal

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


Not active, as of March 28, 2007
(This bill did not become law.)


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

This enactment amends the Canada Elections Act to prohibit any person from transmitting an election advertising message to the public by means of a television or Internet broadcast unless the broadcast contains closed captioning for the hearing impaired.


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Canada Elections ActRoutine Proceedings

March 28th, 2007 / 3:10 p.m.
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Michael Savage Liberal Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-419, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (closed captioning).

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to introduce this bill that would amend the Canada Elections Act to compel all political parties to include closed captioning in their political ads during a federal election. This would apply to all television ads and political advertising on the Internet.

Hearing impaired Canadians do not have full access to the democratic process in the event of a federal election. That is a shame. We need to change that. In many provinces political parties agree to do closed captioning and in some provinces it is legislated. Federally it is not. It should be to ensure equality for hearing impaired Canadians.

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