Italian-Canadian Recognition and Restitution Act

An Act to recognize the injustice that was done to persons of Italian origin through their “enemy alien” designation and internment during the Second World War, and to provide for restitution and promote education on Italian-Canadian history

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.

Sponsor

Massimo Pacetti  Liberal

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

Status

Introduced, as of Dec. 9, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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

The purpose of this enactment is to recognize and apologize for the treatment that persons of Italian origin received in Canada during the Second World War in spite of the contribution that they have made and continue to make to the building of Canada.

The enactment also provides for restitution to be made in respect of this treatment. The restitution payment is to be applied to the development and production of educational materials relating to Italian-Canadian history and promoting ethnic and racial harmony, and to other projects agreed to by the Minister of Canadian Heritage and an educational foundation established for this purpose.

Elsewhere

All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, provided by the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.

Votes

April 28, 2010 Passed That the Bill be now read a third time and do pass.
June 3, 2009 Passed That the Bill be now read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Canadian Heritage Committee, on Nov. 19, 2009

  • Robert Waite, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Canada Post Corporation
  • Frank Moceri, President, National Federation of Canadian Italian Business and Professional Associations
  • Pal Di Iulio, Chair, Italian-Canadian Advisory Committee
  • Roberto Perin, Vice-Chair, Italian-Canadian Advisory Committee
  • Salvatore Mariani, Immediate Past President, National Federation of Canadian Italian Business and Professional Associations
  • Joe Papa, Member, Italian-Canadian Advisory Committee

Canadian Heritage Committee, on Nov. 24, 2009

Canadian Heritage Committee, on Nov. 26, 2009

    Canadian Heritage Committee, on Dec. 1, 2009

    Canadian Heritage Committee, on Dec. 3, 2009

    Canadian Heritage Committee, on Dec. 8, 2009