An Act to amend the Criminal Code (consent)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.


Joe Comartin  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Feb. 11, 2011
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment repeals section 159 of the Criminal Code, thus removing the distinction between anal intercourse and other forms of sexual activity. It also amends other sections of that Act in consequence.


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Criminal CodeRoutine Proceedings

February 11th, 2011 / 12:10 p.m.
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Joe Comartin NDP Windsor—Tecumseh, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-628, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (consent).

Mr. Speaker, this is a bill that really should not be coming forward by way of private members. The Minister of Justice should have brought this in quite some time ago.

These particular sections of the Criminal Code discriminate against the gay community with regard to sexual activity and the age of consent with regard to that sexual activity.

The pertinent section has actually been struck down by more than one court in this country, including at least one appeals court. In spite of that, the government, and the previous Liberal government, have not moved to correct that discrimination which exists in the Criminal Code and this bill in fact would do it.

Members will see that there are 12 or 15 sections of the code that have to be amended in order to do away with that discrimination against the gay community

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)