NDP MP celebrates protection for persons with disabilities

Today, NDP MP Mike Sullivan (York South—Weston) was proud to witness the coming into force of the spirit of Private Member’s Bill (C-541), that he first introduced in 2013. Thanks to his efforts, persons with mental or physical disabilities will now be protected from hate propaganda by the Criminal Code of Canada.

“As a father and grandfather, I was appalled to hear about the family of a 13-year-old boy with autism who received a letter telling them to move, or have their son euthanized,” said Sullivan. “I was more shocked to learn that these hateful actions are not prohibited under the Criminal Code, so I pressed for immediate action.”

The government adopted Sullivan’s initiative in subsequent legislation, which comes into force today. Richard Burelle, Executive Director of Autism Society Canada, supports Sullivan’s efforts and results.

“As Canadian citizens, people with disabilities deserve to be protected against hate crimes,” said Mr. Burelle. “They have the right, just, like you and me, to live free from worry about persecution. We wholeheartedly support Mr. Sullivan’s initiative.”