It is still legal in Canada for parents and legal representatives to physically assault their children under certain circumstances. Parents can use « reasonable force » for purposes of correction. Teachers can also use « reasonable force » depending of the context. It is the judge that has the last word in deciding whether or not the use of force is acceptable.
Canada committed to implementing the 94 calls to action of the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, the TRC Call to Action No. 6 calls for the repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada—a section in effect since 1892.
Kathy Lynn, Chair of Corinne’s Quest which is dedicated to the repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code believes it is finally time to give Canada’s children the same protection against assault which is enjoyed by all its citizens. “Violence against children should be against the law, not defined by it,” stated Lynn.
“Corinne's Quest continues to advocate on behalf of children. A special thanks to Kathy and John Lynn who are constituents of mine in New Westminster—Burnaby, who are really shepherding the push to ban physical punishment of children and repeal section 43. I hope that all members of Parliament will support this important legislation”, said MP Julian.
Physical punishment on children have severe consequences. Sweden was the first country to ban it in 1979. Today, 63 countries have banned physical punishment of children, and Canada still lags behind.
The NDP is committed to taking meaningful action in the fight to protect children and their right from being harmed by their parents and legal representatives. Bill C-273 will ensure that our children are safer under the law of Canada. New Democrats call on the Liberal government to adopt the clear measures in this bill and put an immediate end to the corporal punishment of all children in Canada.
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IN THE HOUSE - Tabling of Bill C-273, Corinne's Quest - for the protection of Children
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