An Act to amend the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (prohibition against abandonment of vessel)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.


John Weston  Conservative

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


Introduced, as of June 17, 2015
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment amends the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 to prohibit the abandonment of a vessel.


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Canada Shipping Act, 2001Routine Proceedings

June 17th, 2015 / 4:30 p.m.
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John Weston Conservative West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-695, An Act to amend the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (prohibition against abandonment of vessel).

Mr. Speaker, it is with a sense of pride on behalf of B.C.'s coastal communities that I introduce a long-awaited private member's bill to counter the increasing problem of vessels abandoned on B.C.'s coastal waters. As of last year, Transport Canada had identified 245 boats that might be deemed abandoned off B.C., in addition to vessels abandoned on the east coast.

The bill is called a prohibition against abandonment of vessels, and it would provide jail time and fines for people who intentionally abandon a vessel. I hope that all members in this chamber will work with me to get this bill passed.

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