moved for leave to introduce Bill C-559, An Act to amend the Supreme Court Act (understanding the official languages).
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce a bill, in both official languages, amending the Supreme Court Act.
As we all know, the laws themselves are written in each of the two languages. There is one set of laws written in English and one written in French; neither one is a translation of the other.
The bill would amend the Supreme Court Act and introduce a new requirement for judges appointed to the Supreme Court to understand English and French without the assistance of an interpreter.
This is why I am proud to introduce this bill. Our country is officially bilingual, and it is only natural that judges in our country's highest court be able to read the law in the client's preferred language. This is why I am introducing this bill.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)