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e-1264 (Discrimination)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Doug Thomas from Elmira, Ontario, on September 14, 2017, at 2:23 p.m. (EDT)
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Criminal Code
Income Tax Act
National Anthem Act
Religion
Secularism
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas:
  • Approximately 25% of Canada’s people are non-believers; and
  • The International Humanist and Ethical Union, in its December 2016 Freedom of Thought Report, has identified Canada as a nation that systemically discriminates against non-believers.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to ask the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Canadian Heritage to investigate, through the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, with specific invitations to the national leaders of the secular humanist community, the systemic discrimination against non-believers in Canadian laws and regulations, specifically, but not limited to: (a) the National Anthems Act, 1980; (b) the Criminal Code of Canada, section 319 3(b); and (c) Regulations for registered charities under the Income Tax Act.
Kitchener South—Hespeler
Liberal
Ontario
Petition presented to the House of Commons on March 1, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02118)
Government response tabled on April 16, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-11)
Open for signature : September 14, 2017, at 2:23 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : January 12, 2018, at 2:23 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
42
British Columbia
95
Manitoba
50
New Brunswick
5
Newfoundland and Labrador
6
Nova Scotia
7
Ontario
216
Prince Edward Island
1
Quebec
74
Saskatchewan
31
Other Countries
4
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