Statistics Canada reported a 47% increase in hate crimes committed between 2016-2017, and Canada should be no place to hate.
In sections 318 and 319 of the Criminal Code of Canada the government has criminalized the acts of advocating genocide, public incitement of hatred, and willful promotion of hatred; but only when made in a public place, allowing white nationalist groups to meet, recruit, and share hate propaganda within Canada privately; and
Of the more than one hundred white nationalist groups in Canada, none are listed on the Government of Canada’s Terrorist Entities List.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents across Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Reintroduce the anti-hate provision of the Canadian Human Rights Act, repealed in 2013;
2. Amend S. 319(7) of the Criminal Code to define a public place and to include publicly available digital content;
3. Amend the definition of terrorist activity in S. 83.01(1) of the Criminal Code to be definitive and to include advocating genocide or harm as outlined in S.318 of the Code;
4. Empower law enforcement to use S. 83.01(1) of the Criminal Code without consent from the Attorney General by removing the consent clause S 83.01(3); and
5. Conduct reviews of the Terrorist Entity List to immediately consider including domestic terrorist’s entities on the list, specifically white nationalist organizations that meet the definitions currently outlined in S. 83.01 of the Criminal Code and to do so immediately after amending the definition of terrorist activity as proposed by this petition.
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