June 12, 2017 Newsletter

Last year, over 4500 Canadians, including 1500 British Columbians, signed a petition calling for Canada's blasphemy law to be repealed.

In January, the Minister responded to say the law was under review and last week presented a bill to remove blasphemous libel from Canada's Criminal Code.

While this section is mostly dormant, repealing it will ensure it can't be reactivated, as happened recently in Denmark, and can send a signal to theocratic states that are prosecuting their citizens for blasphemy.

The bill also includes a number of other provisions to clean up the Criminal Code and strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault.

This is a good first step but we'll need to keep pressure up until this bill receives Royal Assent.

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