The committee continues its study of a bill that aims to crack down on hate-based property damage, vandalism and other acts of criminal mischief. Bill C-305 would extend the legal protection given to houses of worship to include schools, day care centres, colleges, universities, community centres, seniors’ residences and cultural centres. It would also add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of hate-motivating criteria. Liberal MP Chandra Arya tabled C-305 in November 2016.
MPs hear from the following witnesses: Michael Mostyn (chief executive officer, B’nai Brith Canada); Richard Marceau (general counsel and senior political advisor, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs); Kristopher Wells (faculty director, Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta); and Mickey Wilson, (executive director, Pride Centre of Edmonton). (February 21, 2017)