moved for leave to introduce Bill C-456, an act to protect personal privacy by restricting the use of social insurance numbers.
Mr. Speaker, nowadays every time a person applies to rent an apartment, to open a bank account or just about anything, the first question they are asked is “What is your social insurance number?”
There are millions and millions of unused social insurance numbers that are floating around the country. In fact, the auditor general reported recently about the alarming number of social insurance numbers that are floating around.
Not only is it immoral, but it is unfair for anyone to request the social insurance number of another person, unless they are required by law to do so.
I want to make sure it becomes illegal. To that extent, this bill would make it illegal for anyone to ask for a social insurance number unless it is required by law to ask for that number. As a result, we will be able to solve the problem. One person should not be able to require another person to give their social insurance number unless the request is specifically required by law or unless the person making the request advises the other person in writing that it is not necessary to comply with the request and that there will not be a penalty for failing to do so.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)