An Act to amend the Textile Labelling Act

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Marlene Jennings  Liberal

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


Introduced, as of Jan. 29, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment amends the Textile Labelling Act to ensure that the label on every consumer textile article discloses the name and address of the factory in which the article was manufactured or made.


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Textile Labelling ActRoutine Proceedings

January 29th, 2009 / 10:10 a.m.
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Marlene Jennings Liberal Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-271, An Act to amend the Textile Labelling Act.

Mr. Speaker, my bill would require labels on clothing to include a reference number that consumers could use to identify the name and address of the factory where an item of clothing was produced. This measure has been highly recommended by a number of advocacy groups, including the Ethical Trading Action Group and Amnesty International.

If the bill passes, Canadians would have access to even more information when making their purchases.

For those of us who believe that under no circumstances should we benefit from the exploitation of workers in poor countries, knowing exactly where a piece of clothing was produced will allow us to vote with our feet by refusing to buy clothing made in factories where conditions are unacceptable.

According to Amnesty International and the Ethical Trading Action Group, if the public knows exactly where products are being manufactured, businesses will then have to self-regulate for fear that civil society will use this new tool to publicize the names of the companies responsible for unfair employment practices.

I hope the House will i support this private member's bill.

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