Petition to the House of Commons

  Whereas:

  

    The various laws which refer to “hatred” do not define it;

     The Supreme Court had explained the meaning of the term in various cases which have come before the Court; and

    The R. v. Keegstra case mentions that "Hatred is predicated on destruction, and hatred against identifiable groups therefore thrive on insensitivity, bigotry and destruction of both the target group and of the values of our society" and that "Hatred in this sense is a most extreme emotion that belies reason; an emotion that, if exercised against an identifiable group, implies that those individuals are to be despised, scorned, denied respect, and made subject to ill-treatment on the basis of group affiliation".

  

  

    We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:

    1. Accept that there are vocations, most notably police officers, that  single them out as an identifiable group and that inididuals and organizations are targeting that vocation for the sole purpose of implying “ that those individuals are to be despised, scorned, denied respect, and made subject to ill-treatment on the bases of group affiliation”; and

     2. Add the word “ vocation” to the identifiable groups against which hatred cannot be publically directed in word or written form.