moved for leave to introduce Bill C-297, an act to amend the Criminal Code (sale of intoxicating products).
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce this bill which would make it an offence under the Criminal Code to sell inhalants and other sniff products for the purpose of intoxication.
This proposal seeks to stop those in our society who deliberately prey on our young people in times of vulnerability. It is an attempt to reverse a tragic increase in the number of young Canadians who inhale, sniff or drink a range of poisonous substances that have lasting side effects and cause permanent damage. It is the result of many years of work by activists in the Winnipeg community, and in particular members of the non-potable alcohol and inhalant abuse committee.
I would encourage all members to consider this legislation which is one measure we could take to promote and protect the health and well-being of Canadians.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)