Court Challenges Program Act

An Act to amend the Department of Canadian Heritage Act (Court Challenges Program)


Ron McKinnon  Liberal

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


Second reading (House), as of March 16, 2023

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This enactment amends the Department of Canadian Heritage Act to specify that, in exercising the powers and performing the duties and functions assigned to the Minister of Canadian Heritage under that Act, he or she shall maintain the Court Challenges Program.


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Court Challenges Program ActRoutine Proceedings

March 6th, 2023 / 3:35 p.m.
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Ron McKinnon Liberal Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Department of Canadian Heritage Act (Court Challenges Program).

Mr. Speaker, I am happy to introduce my private member's bill, which would enshrine the court challenges program into federal law. The court challenges program supports Canadians seeking to bring cases of national significance that protect our constitutional rights. It plays a vital role in ensuring that the government acts within the bounds of the Constitution and the Official Languages Act.

Enshrining this program into legislation would provide greater certainty for the program and allow it to continue its important work well into the future. It would send a strong message about the importance of protecting the rights of Canadians, and it would demonstrate Parliament's shared commitment to ensuring that the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the charter and the Official Languages Act are respected and upheld.

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