moved for leave to introduce Bill C-380, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (hate propaganda).
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to table my private member's bill, an act to amend the Criminal Code regarding hate propaganda.
The bill seeks to expand the definition of “identifiable group” under hate propaganda provisions of the Criminal Code to include any section of the public distinguished by gender.
Currently the law states that it is prohibited to propagate hate against an individual because of colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. However, it is not against the law to propagate hate against individuals because of their gender.
By enacting this important improvement to the Criminal Code, Parliament can begin to address the serious issue of promoting hatred and violence against women or men.
This amendment should have been made long ago. It is my sincere hope that my colleagues on all sides of this House will support this long overdue initiative.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)