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Bill C-330

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1st Session, 37th Parliament,
49-50 Elizabeth II, 2001

House of Commons of Canada

BILL C-330

An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (desecration of the Canadian flag)

R.S., c. C-46

      Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

1. The Criminal Code is amended by adding the following after section 56:

Desecration of flag

56.1 (1) Every one who, without lawful excuse, wilfully burns, defaces, defiles, mutilates, tramples upon or otherwise desecrates the national flag of Canada is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction

    (a) for a first offence, to a fine of $500; and

    (b) for a second or subsequent offence, to a fine of a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $15,000.


(2) No person is guilty of an offence under subsection (1) if the person disposes of the national flag of Canada because the flag has become worn, soiled or damaged.