Royal Assent ceremony of April 23rd 2015

Royal Assent ceremony was held in the Senate on April 23rd 2015. Royal Assent is the approval by the Crown of a bill that has passed both houses of Parliament in identical form. The Red Tape Reduction Act will help reduce the red tape burden on small and medium-sized businesses in Canada. The Victims Bill of Rights will give victims of crime the right to information, protection and participation. The Rouge National Urban Park establishes a new type of federal protected area. The Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act will help provide tools to ensure the security of Canada in our world. The passing of Bill C-479 will allow strengthening the voice and support for victims of violent offenders. Finally, April 30th becomes a national day of commemoration of the exodus of Vietnamese refugees and their acceptance in Canada after the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War.

The following bills have therefore received Royal Assent:

C-21 - Red Tape Reduction Act C-32 - Victims Bill of Rights Act C-40 - Rouge National Urban Park Act C-44 - Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act C-479 - An Act to Bring Fairness for the Victims of Violent Offenders S-219 - Journey to Freedom Day Act

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