Results for Simcoe North – Protecting Canadians from Online Crime
During my time as Member of Parliament for Simcoe North, it has become increasingly clear that for the families in our community, your children are the most important thing in the world to you. As a father and grandfather, I can relate to that sentiment, and know that we want to protect our children from everything we possibly can. Our Government understands this feeling, and has implemented a variety of measures to help parents help their children.
Earlier this month, as part of our Government’s commitment to ensuring the safety of our children and youth, our Minister of Justice was proud to announce the coming into force of the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act.
Canadians across the country, and here in Simcoe North, have been confronted by the harmful reality of cyberbullying, which can destroy lives. It exploits children and threatens the safety of our schools and communities. I have listened to the concerns that many of you have brought to me on this subject and our Government has responded to this important issue. With this legislation we are sending a strong message that there is a point where bullying becomes criminal behavior.
This legislation will better protect Canadians from online exploitation by helping to protect young Canadians from cyberbullying and by standing up for victims.
While maintaining judicial checks and balances that protect Canadians’ privacy, the legislation will give law enforcement officers the tools they need to investigate these high-tech crimes. The legislation also makes it an offence to share an intimate image without consent, and will empower a court to order the removal of these images, prevent someone from distributing the images or order the forfeiture of devices used in such an offence.
The Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act builds off of the more than 30 tough-on-crime measures introduced by this Government. Just last year, we introduced the Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act, which would require child sexual offenders to serve multiple sentences consecutively, one after another, instead of at the same time, and increase maximum and minimum prison sentences for certain child sexual offences. On March 11th , we introduced new legislation to ensure that certain classes of criminals – those who commit the most heinous crimes – will be subject to mandatory life imprisonment.
The Canadian justice system exists to protect Canadians and their communities. With the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act we are confronting the growing problem of cyberbullying and keeping online spaces safe for our children.
I would also like to remind you that if you need to obtain a passport, or renew your expired or about-to-expire passport, please plan to attend my passport clinic on Tuesday April 14th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Orillia Square Mall, 1029 Brodie Drive. Staff and volunteers will be on site to answer your questions and review your completed application for submission to Passport Canada. There will also be a photographer on-site for photos at a cost of $22. If you have any questions please contact my Orillia constituency office at (705) 327-0513.
Bruce Stanton, M.P.