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e-763 (Discrimination)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by David Rand from Montréal, Quebec, on October 17, 2017, at 3:20 p.m. (EDT)
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Criminal Code
Freedom of conscience and religion
Hate propaganda
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • Section 319 of the Criminal Code of Canada concerning hate propaganda prohibits the incitement of hatred against an identifiable group;
  • Section 319 also sets out exemptions and, in paragraph 319(3)(b), states that “No person shall be convicted” for having expressed “an opinion based on a belief in a religious text”;
  • The texts of a number of the world’s major religions include passages that denigrate and advocate hate toward non-believers, women, homosexuals and other ethnic and racial groups, and that may call for violence and even lethal violence;
  • Religions therefore constitute a significant source of hate propaganda against a number of groups; and
  • One group’s freedom of religion must never take precedence over the fundamental rights of others and must never, under any circumstances, threaten the bodily integrity or the life of members of the groups targeted by the hate speech in religious texts.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to repeal this religious exemption regarding hate propaganda, specifically paragraph 319(3)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
Kitchener South—Hespeler
Liberal
Ontario
Petition presented to the House of Commons on March 1, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02119)
Government response tabled on April 16, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-11)
Open for signature : October 17, 2017, at 3:20 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : February 14, 2018, at 3:20 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
48
British Columbia
63
Manitoba
6
New Brunswick
11
Nova Scotia
10
Ontario
167
Quebec
1216
Saskatchewan
7
Other Countries
8
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