Mrs. Lucie Pepin (Outremont):
Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to protest vigorously against the distribution of Garbage Pail Kids cards in Montreal. These cards, inserted in chewing gum packages, show absolutely disgusting and unacceptable pictures of children. For example, one card shows a baby with its elbow in its behind and its umbilical cord plugged into an electric outlet. Another shows a small boy scalding his hands under a hot water tap and the skin literally melting away. The cards also give reprehensible advice, such as eating until you vomit and watching what has happened to the food consumed.
Mr. Speaker, who has responsibility? According to a Montreal Urban Community police officer, nothing can be done about it. Unfortunately, the prosecutors he consulted told him that there is no legal recourse to stop the distribution of these cards.
Mr. Speaker, we are facing a serious problem. We must put on pressure to stop the distribution of these cards. It is true that children's education plays an important role, but if our laws are powerless to stop the social abuse I described, it is time to change them.
I ask the Conservative Government to investigate the possibility of amending the Criminal Code to prevent the distribution of such material, to stop the abuse of children's rights in the media and to put an end to such disgusting and abusive material.
Sub-subtopic: RETURN OF GARBAGE PAIL KIDS CARDS-REQUEST THAT CRIMINAL CODE BE AMENDED