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Bill C-417

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2nd Session, 35th Parliament,
45-46 Elizabeth II, 1996-97

The House of Commons of Canada

BILL C-417

An Act to amend the Canada Health Act (definition of child)


WHEREAS, on November 20, 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly;

WHEREAS the Convention was ratified by Canada on December 31, 1991;

AND WHEREAS the Convention proposes a definition of ``child'' that should be applied uniformly throughout federal legislation;

R.S., c. C-6; 1995, c. 17; 1996, cc. 8, 11

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

1. Section 2 of the Canada Health Act is amended by adding the following in alphabetical order:

« adulte »

``adult'' means a person who is eighteen years of age or older;

« enfant »

``child'' means a person who is less than eighteen years of age;