An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (social condition)
Libby Davies NDP
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduction and First Reading
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Canadian Human Rights Act
June 23rd, 2011 / 10:15 a.m.
Libby Davies Vancouver East, BC
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-263, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (social condition).
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague, the member for Windsor—Tecumseh, for seconding this bill.
This bill is important because it would prohibit discrimination on the grounds of social condition. It would prohibit discrimination against people who are experiencing social or economic disadvantage on the basis of their source of income, occupation, level of education, poverty, lack of adequate housing, homelessness, or any other similar circumstance.
There are people in our society who have been economically and socially discriminated against based on those various grounds. They face terrible discrimination, whether it is with respect to housing or employment, or accessing public services or community services. It is important that the Criminal Code be clear, that it would be against the law to discriminate against someone on the basis of poverty.
I am pleased to introduce this bill today. I hope that all members of the House will support the bill, because we recognize discrimination as a serious issue in our society that needs to be addressed.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)