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Government of Canada

November 08, 2011 11:56 ET

Government of Canada Supports Private Member's Bill Addressing Mischief Relating to War Memorials

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2011) - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced that the Government of Canada is supporting Private Member's Bill C-217, which would make it an offence to commit mischief in relation to a monument that honours Canadians who died as a consequence of war.

"Our cenotaphs and monuments are powerful reminders of the sacrifices that generations of Canadians have made for the peace and freedom we enjoy today," said Minister Blaney. "Our Government is proud to support Bill C-217 which will enforce strict punishments for those who dishonour the memory of our Veterans by defacing war memorials within our communities."

The proposed bill would make it an offence to commit mischief in relation to property, buildings, or structures, including a war memorial or cenotaph, that primarily serve as a monument in honour of persons who were killed or died as a consequence of war. The bill also proposes the creation of mandatory minimum penalties that would be the same whether the Crown proceeds by indictment or by way of summary conviction: a $1,000 fine for a first offence; fourteen (14) days imprisonment for a second offence; and, thirty (30) days imprisonment for a third and subsequent offence.

"As Canadians, we have a duty as a nation to preserve our memorials in honour of our fallen men and women, our Veterans and those who continue to serve Canada today," said Minister Blaney. "We must respect our war memorials as they symbolize the important contributions of our Veterans and service men and women."

An online version of the Private Member's Bill is available at

Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada

    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs