moved for leave to introduce Bill C-278, an act to amend the Criminal Code (prohibited sexual acts).
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be able to reintroduce this private member's bill. It seeks to raise the age of sexual consent from age 14 to age 16. It would thus make it a criminal offence for an adult to engage in sex with children 16 and under.
The bill was first introduced in 1996 and was reintroduced in 1997 and again in 1999.
I rise again in the House and must unfortunately appeal to the better nature of every member of parliament. The widespread concern over child pornography and child prostitution in the country makes it even more urgent for enactment of the legislation to protect the young and the vulnerable in our society from the predators among us.
For the sake of our children, I appeal to members of the House to give serious consideration to the bill and to lend their support accordingly.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)