Is it time to ban spanking in Canada?
A Vancouver-based advocacy group is calling on the new Trudeau government to repeal the decades old “spanking law.”
“This is not an Aboriginal issue, it’s not a justice issue, this is simply a human rights issue which says that children are the only group of people in this country who are not protected from assault.”
New Westminister’s Kathy Lynn with Corinne’s Quest says Section 43 of the Criminal Code permits an open hand slap on a child’s bottom for discipline, and that’s a human rights abuse.
“We are defining when and how and how hard to hit children. That doesn’t even make any sense in this day and age when we say we want to live in a non-violent society.”
Ireland is the 47th country to outright ban any form of physical punishment against children.
Jonina Campbell, who chairs the New Westminster School Board, says children need to be protected.
“We as a country, Canada, are signatories to the UN charter for rights of children, and children are to be protected. We feel that we as a governance that is there to support the safety of children can advocate for something like this.”
Trustees unanimously passed a motion this week to write advocacy letters to senior levels of government, and present a resolution at the upcoming BC School Trustees Association AGM.