Liberal MP Chandra Arya presents his bill to broaden the scope of hate-based laws.
Bill C-305 would criminalize hate-based mischief aimed at schools, day care centres, colleges, universities, community centres, seniors residences and cultural centres. The subsection in the Criminal Code that deals with hate-based property damage is currently limited to places of worship like churches, mosques, synagogues and temples.
The bill also seeks to include gender identity and sexual orientation to the list of criteria used to determine whether an offence is motivated by bias, prejudice or hate. Religion, race, colour or national or ethnic origin are currently included on the list. (February 16, 2017)