This week was a productive one for our team in Ottawa. We achieved an important objective in making Canada’s anti-terror laws stronger. We offered policy suggestions to MPs working on a bill to make Canada more inclusive for people with disabilities. We engaged Montreal police on a disturbing development in Quebec – read below for more details. And we continued promoting our palliative care report among MPs of all parties.
Achieving Results: Justice Committee Adopts CIJA’s Proposals to Strengthen Anti-Terror Laws
Ensuring the security of our community is one of our core priorities. This is why we have been calling for changes to Bill C-75, legislation which makes significant changes to the criminal justice system. In testimony before the House of Commons Justice Committee, we urged MPs to change parts of the bill that would allow the Crown to prosecute some terror-related crimes and advocating genocide as lighter, summary offences. We are very pleased to announced that committee members have already begun changing the text of the bill to ensure that these crimes are always treated with the full weight of the law as indictable offences.
Advocating for Inclusion for People with Disabilities
Speaking of committee work, CIJA provided written testimony to the House of Commons Human Resources Committee on Bill C-81 (Accessible Canada Act). This bill is a core priority for CIJA and our Federation and social service agency partners. Once passed, Canada will have a national accessibility framework, regulations for federal employers, and a robust enforcement system (with penalties for those who fail to make their workplaces accessible). In our testimony, we urged MPs to change the bill to ensure wider consultations with a diversity of voices from the disability sector.
Press Release: CIJA: Author of Death Threats Against Jewish Children Must be Prosecuted to Full Extent of the Law
Yesterday on the Journal de Montreal’s Facebook page, a user named Robert Gosselin made a number of egregiously antisemitic and bigoted comments that included an explicit threat to murder Jewish children. Montreal Police have thankfully arrested Mr. Gosselin. In response to this incident, Rabbi Reuben Poupko, Co-chair of CIJA-Quebec, issued a statement.
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