A Proposed Law Promises to Outlaw “Barbaric Practices”

Was there a trigger warning for Justin?

A bill to outlaw forced marriage, prevent polygamist immigrations and tackle “honour killings” is set to become law.

Bill S-7, the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act, passed its final parliamentary hurdle Tuesday evening, by a vote of 182 to 84. The governing Conservatives and Liberals voted for it, with the New Democrats and Green Party opposed.

The bill would raise the marriage age to 16 in addition to adding forced marriage to the Criminal Code. It would also toughen the laws around polygamy, with an eye to preventing immigration by those who engage in the practice and making it easier to deport people who do. And, it would toughen the rules around so-called honour killings, so that the defence of provocation can no longer be used in court.

  • Clink9

    Turdeau prefers “not very nice” to “barbaric”. Words matter.

    • Alain

      True but the NDP and the Green voted against it. I hope these things are pointed out during the election campaign by the CPC.

    • Well, it isn’t very nice to upset our barbaric friends!

      (sarcasm function disabled)

  • k1962

    Kind of stupid to do this retroactively while still letting the barbarians in. I would prefer that they don’t let in anymore immigrants who think barbaric cultural practises are superior to what we do here in Canada. If they did that, these abhorrent practises would eventually die out. But they keep expanding the supply chain.

    • just a thought

      Maybe he wants you to think they can be let in, and then kept on a short leash. “Pay no attention to those explosions off screen, they mean nothing. Don’t worry, everything is under control.”

    • Martin B

      They have taken one small step in the right direction:

      “It would also toughen the laws around polygamy, with an eye to preventing immigration by those who engage in the practice…”

      They’ve passed this bill, now I want to see if they have the stones to stand by it and enforce it. Since polygamy, forced marriage, child marriage, FGM and a host of other barbaric cultural practices are integral to Islam, saying NO to any immigrants who engage in these practices means saying NO to most if not all Muslim immigration.

      • Alain

        Yes, you raised the key point about whether it will actually be enforced.

        • G

          The judiciary can be counted on NOT enforcing it since we didn’t ask their permission before enacting it.