OTTAWA, Ontario, 22 November, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A NDP private member’s motion to strike an all-party committee to developing a “national bullying prevention strategy” was defeated yesterday in the House of Commons by a vote of 149 to 134.
Voting followed party lines with the NDP, Liberals, and Green Party voting in favor while the Conservatives voted against. Five Conservatives who favored the motion are James Bezan, Mike Allen, Patrick Brown, Joy Smith, and David Tilson.
New Democrat MP Dany Morin, associate LGBTT critic, had urged the House to support his motion, Motion 385, saying that a national strategy on bullying is needed to “protect young people” and “save lives.”
But in defending his colleague’s motion, MP Randall Garison — NDP’s main LGBTT critic — said that the motion is less about bullying than combating what he called “the deep-rooted sexism and homophobia in our society,” which he claimed “reinforce and validate the attitudes and actions of bullies.”
While “people can be bullied for any number of reasons” it is the “bullying based on sexism … and bullying based on homophobia” that Garison said he was “primarily” concerned about.
In a statement after the vote, Morin accused the Conservative government of remaining “indifferent” to the issue of bullying and that it had “missed an opportunity to take a leadership role in the fight against bullying.”
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Justice Minister Rob Nicholson told the Commons during earlier debate that Morin’s motion was a duplication of efforts by the Senate and Commons committee studying Liberal MP Hedy Fry’s bill that would criminalize cyber-bullying.
“I am looking forward to the report of both parliamentary committees that are having a look at this. We want to have a look at that,” he said.
“I know Health Canada is promoting awareness in this particular area. The RCMP has set up the website deal.org. There is cybertip.ca. All of these are initiatives to tackle this terrible problem. We all have a stake in it. We all want to fix it.”
Pro-family critics have long warned that the anti-bullying cause has been hijacked by homosexualist activists. Anti-bullying initiatives, the critics say, are often designed to force society to accept the homosexual lifestyle, by suggesting that the only way to stop bullying against homosexuals is to eradicate any moral qualms about homosexuality.
Those who oppose homosexuality are often labeled ‘bigots’ and ‘homophobes’, and are accused of creating a ‘climate of violence.’
Canadian studies have shown that bullying based upon a perceived homosexual orientation is one of the least common forms of bullying, with body image, grades or marks, cultural or ethnic background, and language being the leading causes of bullying.