moved for leave to introduce Bill C-430, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (child pornography).
Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to rise in the House today to table a bill to protect our children from the exploitation of child pornography.
Regrettably there has been a proliferation of pornography within our society over the past decades. More regrettable has been the proliferation of child pornography. Child pornography is real, it exists, and its presence in our society has been growing. It is truly a threat to our children and we as a society have tasted its bitter fruit.
Unfortunately, there is a loophole in our Criminal Code that allows child pornography. Paragraph 163.1(6) states:
No person shall be convicted of an offence under this section if the act as alleged to constitute the offence
(a) has a legitimate purpose related to the administration of justice or to science, medicine, education or art;....
Therein lies the loophole: the interpretation of the terms “education” and “art”.
The bill I am tabling today seeks to remove these two terms and, in so doing, better protect our children and our society from the ravages of child pornography. I said that as an MP I would work to defend our families and our children and that is what I am doing by tabling this bill today.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)