New Democrats put focus on cyberbullying

Today New Democrats moved to split the Conservative cyberbullying bill (C-13) in order to put the focus squarely on legislative reform to make the distribution of intimate images without consent illegal. This would have ensured that other unrelated provisions were dealt with separately.

“It is irresponsible for the Conservatives to play politics with this important
and sensitive topic,” said NDP Justice critic Françoise Boivin
(Gatineau). “Splitting the bill as proposed by the NDP would have allowed
the committee to focus solely on cyberbullying. Unfortunately, for the
Conservatives, playing political games is more important than working together
to protect Canadians.”

Earlier this year, New Democrat MP Robert Chisholm (Dartmouth--Coal Harbour)
introduced a bill to make non-consensual distribution of sexually explicit
images illegal. However, instead of putting partisan politics aside to
fast-track this bill, the Conservatives introduced their own version containing
dozens of unrelated provisions.

“Many people in the digital community have raised concerns that this bill
contains significant items like changing electronic interception laws, which
are unrelated to the issue at hand,” said NDP Digital Issues critic Charmaine
Borg (Terrebonne – Blainville). “At committee, New Democrats will press the
Conservatives for answers about the impact of these provisions.”