An Act to amend the Criminal Code (failure to inform)
Maria Mourani Bloc
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduction and First Reading
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June 21st, 2011 / 10:05 a.m.
Maria Mourani Ahuntsic, QC
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-235, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (failure to inform).
Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to introduce this bill, which would amend the Criminal Code to make it an offence not to report to the authorities instances of sexual or physical abuse of a child. This is a small bill that has only a few clauses. I hope that all of my colleagues here who want to protect children will support this bill.
This bill would make it an offence to fail or neglect to inform the police or social services of a situation in which someone has reasonable grounds to believe that a child is being sexually or physically abused.
I believe that we all have the responsibility to protect the children in our society, and if we do not do so, if we remain silent or look away, we are just as guilty as the individual committing the crime. I urge all of my colleagues to support this bill.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)