Motion No. 2
That Bill C-428, in clause 3, be amended by replacing line 14 on page 2 with the following:
“25, 28, 37, 38, 42, 44, 46, 48 to 51 and 58 to 60 and the”
Motion No. 3
That Bill C-428, in clause 4, be amended by replacing line 20 on page 2 with the following:
“Minister otherwise orders, sections 42 to 52”
Mr. Speaker, developing, introducing and refining Bill C-428, an act to amend the Indian Act and to provide for its replacement, has been a tremendous experience. I thank all of those, colleagues here in the House and first nations across the country, whose input has helped to shape the bill we have before us today.
As I have stated on several occasions already in the House, the rationale behind my introduction of the bill is the generations of first nations' dissatisfaction with the Indian Act, something that I, as a first nations man, know first-hand.
The Indian Act is a paternalistic document that portrays outdated Canadian values and represents a sad and ignorant period in Canadian history.
I first introduced C-428, an act to amend the Indian Act and to provide for its replacement, in order to provoke meaningful conversation about the need to repeal this outdated and archaic act and to create a more modern and less objectionable legislative framework in its place. I think I have done that.
In December 2011, this was not a topic--