Playing a sport should be a positive experience for young people. The message I am sending all young people, parents, coaches and officials who are part of Canada's sports system is that all wrongdoing in sport has to be reported, whether it involves assault or abuse. It is no longer possible to remain silent when you witness such incidents. Everyone has a responsibility to put an end to it and make sure that our children and the athletes who play sports in Canada have a great experience. They must have the full benefit of everything that sport can offer for mental health, physical health and personal growth.
I am also calling on the executives of sports organizations to demonstrate leadership. The way those individuals behave, the way they report assaults or abuse and take action on an everyday basis to transform this culture, will also determine what the future of sport will be.
I also urge everyone to ask questions about—