An Act to amend the Criminal Code (hate propaganda)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.


Mike Sullivan  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Oct. 21, 2013
(This bill did not become law.)


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

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to expand the definition of “identifiable group” in relation to hate propaganda to include any section of the public distinguished by disability.


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Criminal CodeRoutine Proceedings

October 21st, 2013 / 3:05 p.m.
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Mike Sullivan NDP York South—Weston, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-541, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (hate propaganda).

Mr. Speaker, events this past summer exposed a huge failing in the Criminal Code, so I am pleased today to introduce an act to amend the Criminal Code, specifically the section dealing with hate propaganda.

This bill would amend the Criminal Code to include persons with disabilities among the groups of identifiable people against whom hate propaganda would be prohibited. By so doing, people with disabilities would have the protection of the law from those who would engage in spreading hatred on the basis of a disability, such as suggesting euthanasia for simply having a disability such as autism. The bill would help affirm that persons with disabilities are a valued part of Canada deserving respect and are able to live in our communities without fear of oppression or hatred.

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