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e-4570 (Public safety)

Initiated by Cheryl Sulliman from Ridgeway, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Freedom from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation has long been recognized in Canada as a human right, as contained in provincial human rights codes and the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms:
  • This human right is to be enjoyed by millions of Canadian citizens in a free and democratic society; and
  • Notwithstanding the foregoing facts, discrimination and hate speech continue to proliferate across Canada against the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, two spirited, and gender diverse community, culminating in murder and other acts of hatred and violence that continue to be perpetrated against that community, with little apparent deterrence by prosecution, despite lawful authority to do so.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to direct the various law enforcement authorities having jurisdiction to actively enforce section 319 of the Criminal Code of Canada on an urgent basis to ensure the safety and security of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two spirited, and gender diverse community citizens against acts of hatred and violence.
Open for signature
September 19, 2023, at 1:52 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 17, 2024, at 1:52 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Chris Bittle
St. Catharines
Liberal Caucus