International Mother Language Day Act

An Act respecting an International Mother Language Day

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.


Herb Dhaliwal

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


Outside the Order of Precedence (a private member's bill that hasn't yet won the draw that determines which private member's bills can be debated), as of Oct. 16, 2007
(This bill did not become law.)


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

This enactment designates the 21st day of February in each and every year as “International Mother Language Day”.


All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, an excellent resource from the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.

International Mother Language DayStatements By Members

February 27th, 2008 / 2:15 p.m.
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Sukh Dhaliwal Liberal Newton—North Delta, BC

Mr. Speaker, on February 21 I was proud to celebrate International Mother Language Day with my constituents from all around the globe.

Mother languages are a powerful way to preserve and develop our heritage. Canada is proud of its diversity with so many mother languages, including those of our first nations.

International Mother Language Day is celebrated around the world but is not officially observed in Canada. We should work together to recognize this important part of our heritage and make Canada a world leader.

Rabi Alam, of my riding, helped me with Bill C-407, which I presented to recognize this day. I urge champions from all parties to come forward to show their support. Dhanwad.

International Mother Language DayRoutine Proceedings

February 21st, 2007 / 3:10 p.m.
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Sukh Dhaliwal Liberal Newton—North Delta, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-407, An Act respecting an International Mother Language Day.

Mr. Speaker, it is an honour for me today to table my first private member's bill, an act to declare February 21 international mother language day.

Many thanks should be given to the mother language lovers of the world for their tireless efforts in advocating this cause. As one of the diverse and multicultural countries that promotes these values around the world, it is vital that Canada take the lead in supporting these worthy initiatives.

I hope that all members will see the importance of supporting the bill.

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