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e-1264 (Discrimination)

Initiated by Doug Thomas from Elmira, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • Approximately 25% of Canada’s people are non-believers; and
  • The International Humanist and Ethical Union, in its December 2016 Freedom of Thought Report, has identified Canada as a nation that systemically discriminates against non-believers.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to ask the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Canadian Heritage to investigate, through the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, with specific invitations to the national leaders of the secular humanist community, the systemic discrimination against non-believers in Canadian laws and regulations, specifically, but not limited to: (a) the National Anthems Act, 1980; (b) the Criminal Code of Canada, section 319 3(b); and (c) Regulations for registered charities under the Income Tax Act.
Government response tabled on April 16, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-32-11)
Open for signature
September 14, 2017, at 2:23 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 12, 2018, at 2:23 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Marwan Tabbara (Kitchener South—Hespeler)
March 1, 2018 (Petition No. 421-02118)
Government response tabled
April 16, 2018
Photo - Marwan Tabbara
Kitchener South—Hespeler
Liberal Caucus