An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2013.


In committee (Senate), as of April 23, 2013
(This bill did not become law.)


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

This enactment removes the justification in the Criminal Code available to schoolteachers, parents and persons standing in the place of parents of using force as a means of correction toward a pupil or child under their care.

It provides the Government with up to one year between the dates of royal assent and coming into force, which can be used to educate Canadians and to coordinate with the provinces.


All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, provided by the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.

Child CareOral Questions

April 19th, 2013 / 11:45 a.m.
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Ed Komarnicki Conservative Souris—Moose Mountain, SK

Mr. Speaker, our government firmly believes that parents know what is best for their children. That is why we have given parents the choice in child care, despite the objections of the opposition parties.

It appears the Liberal Party is once again looking to dictate to parents on how children should be raised. It is promoting a private member's bill in the Senate that could turn parents into criminals.

Would the Minister of Justice please inform this House about the government's position on Bill S-214?