moved for leave to introduce Bill C-385, an act to amend the Criminal Code (hate propaganda).
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to table my first private member's bill, an act to amend the Criminal Code regarding hate propaganda.
The purpose of the bill is to expand the definition of an identifiable group under the hate propaganda provisions of the Criminal Code to include any section of the public distinguished by its gender.
The way our current law is written, it is prohibited to propagate hate against an individual because of colour, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. However, it is not against the law to propagate hate against an individual because of their gender. By enacting this change to the Criminal Code, Parliament can begin to address the serious issue of promoting hatred and violence against women.
This is an amendment that should have been made long ago. I hope my colleagues on all sides of the House will support this worthy and overdue initiative.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)