Physical punishment of children is still legal in Canada, even though more than sixty countries around the world have banned the practice.
MP Julian’s Bill C-273 is a direct response to Truth & Reconciliation Recommendation #6. We believe that children are entitled to live in an environment free from physical punishment, violence, and fear. Canada has the obligation and duty under international law to respect, protect and fulfill human rights, labour and environmental norms and laws.
We are seeking Canadians' support for the Private Member’s Bill C-273, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Corinne’s Quest and the protection of children). C-273 calls for the repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code that permits physical punishment of children in Canada:
Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada, Correction of child by force, every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances.
If this bill passes in Parliament, it will repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code and end the legalized physical punishment of children in Canada.
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