A bill to set minimum penalties for vandalizing war memorials is on its way to the Senate, passing in the House of Commons in a 181 to 98 vote on Wednesday.
“We owe it to our fallen sons and daughters and also to our men and women still serving in uniform to protect these honoured places – especially at this time of year as we approach Remembrance Day,” Conservative MP David Tilson said in a statement.
His private member’s bill would impose a fine of at least $1,000 for a first-time conviction of mischief relating to a war memorial, cenotaph or other monument to remember thosewho’ve died in war.
Second and third offences would carry minimum prison terms of 14 days and 30 days, respectively.
The bill received Tory and Liberal support, while the NDP and Bloc Quebecois opposed it.