On October 20, 2014, the federal government passed Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act. The Bill was commonly referred to as the “Cyberbullying Bill”.
Included with a host of other changes, Section 12 of the Bill amends the hate propaganda section of the Criminal Code as follows:
“Subsection 318(4) of the Act is replaced by the following: (4) In this section, “identifiable group” means any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or mental or physical disability”.
While the Bill attracted much debate and criticism, this section passed largely unnoticed. It is, however, historic, in that it grants women and girls protection under the Criminal Code hate propaganda law. People have lobbied for this change since 1985 as this section of my site illustrates. Now, we actually have something to celebrate!
Below is a copy of the Bill along with a brief submitted by LEAF to the House of Commons Standing Committee. The Bill received Royal Assent on December 9, 2014 and came into force March 9, 2015. Hooah, as a friend of mine would say.
Bill C-13: See Section 12
LEAF Submission to Standing Committee re Bill C-13 Section 12
Most of this section is devoted to lobbying efforts to get the law changed. I am leaving it intact as it reflects the state of affairs prior to the passage of Bill C-13.