An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act (protecting against discrimination based on political belief)


Second reading (Senate), as of Nov. 29, 2022

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This enactment amends the Canadian Human Rights Act to add political belief and political activity to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.


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Human RightsPetitionsRoutine Proceedings

November 30th, 2022 / 3:55 p.m.
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Garnett Genuis Conservative Sherwood Parkā€”Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Mr. Speaker, the first petition I am tabling today is in support of an excellent private member's bill that I presented in the House. We have a parallel version of that bill that was tabled just yesterday in the Senate. These bills are Bill C-257 and Bill S-257. Conveniently, they have the same number.

Petitioners are calling on the House to recognize the problem of political discrimination and how Canadians can face political discrimination and have a right to be protected from that kind of discrimination. It is a fundamental right to be politically active and vocal. It is in the best interests of Canadian democracy to protect public debate and the free exchange of ideas, and Bill C-257 and Bill S-257 seek to add protection against political discrimination to the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Petitioners call upon the House to support Bill C-257 and Bill S-257, which seek to ban discrimination on the basis of political belief or activity, and to defend the rights of Canadians to peacefully express their political opinions.