BILL C-250 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prohibition — promotion of antisemitism) FIRST READING, FEBRUARY 9, 2022
SUMMARYThis enactment amends the Criminal Code in order to prohibit the communication of statements, other than in private conversation, that wilfully promote antisemitism by condoning, denying or downplaying the Holocaust.
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1st Session, 44th Parliament,70-71 Elizabeth II, 2021-2022 HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA BILL C-250 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (prohibition — promotion of antisemitism) Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:R.S., c. C-46
Criminal Code1 (1) Section 319 of the Criminal Code is amended by adding the following after subsection (2):Wilful promotion of antisemitism(2.1) Everyone who, by communicating statements, other than in private conversation, wilfully promotes antisemitism by condoning, denying or downplaying the Holocaust is(a) guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or(b) guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.(2) The portion of subsection 319(3) of the Act before paragraph (a) is replaced by the following:Defences(3) No person shall be convicted of an offence under subsection (2)(3) Subsections 319(4) to (6) of the Act are replaced by the following:Forfeiture(4) a person is convicted of an offence under section 318 or subsection (1), (2) or of this section, anything by means of or in relation to which the offence was committed, on conviction, may, in addition to any other punishment imposed, be ordered by the presiding provincial court judge or judge to be forfeited to Her Majesty in right of the province in which that person is convicted, for disposal as the Attorney General may direct.Exemption from seizure of communication facilities(5) Subsections 199(6) and (7) apply with any modifications end the circumstances require to section 318 or subsection (1), (2) or of this section.Consent(6) No proceeding for an offence under subsection (2) shall be instituted without the consent of the Attorney General.(4) Subsection 319(7) of the Act is amended by adding the following in alphabetical order:Holocaust means the planned and deliberate state-sponsored persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by the Nazis and their collaborators from 1933 to 1945; (Holocauste)
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