moved for leave to introduce Bill C-424, an act to prevent the use of the Internet to distribute pornographic material involving children.
Mr. Speaker, the purpose of the bill is to prevent the use of the Internet to unlawfully promote, display, describe or facilitate participation in unlawful sexual activity involving young persons.
We know that the possession of child pornography in most circumstances is a crime in Canada but there are significant difficulties with regard to the Internet.
What the bill would do is require the Internet service providers to be licensed by the CRTC and then to constitute an offence for an Internet service provider to knowingly permit the use of its service for the placing of child pornography on the Internet by anyone who has been convicted of an offence or by somebody who is committing an offence under the act.
It also provides for the Minister of Industry to block access to certain types of materials when he or she becomes aware of them. It provides for the use of search warrants on the Internet on the same grounds that would be available for search warrants under the Criminal Code in general.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)