Mr. Paul Szabo (Mississauga South, Lib.)
Madam Speaker, I am sure that the member will agree that there is no one in this place and probably very few Canadians who would not agree that the existence of child pornography necessarily means that a child has been abused. Collectively, if we were to vote in this place today, we would all support a straightforward motion to prohibit the possession of child pornography.
We have this problem and I would appreciate the member's comments. It stems back to the Sharpe case, where there was talk about pictures that he may have drawn or stories he may have written. Photographs of human beings are clear. Lawyers can have fun with the statement that “it was just in my mind and so nobody was hurt”.
Why do we always get sucked into these debates on things that are grey when there are black and white issues before us concerning child pornography?
I did some research on the Supreme Court of Canada and the whole concept of court made law. This is also part of the problem. I thought that Parliament was the highest court in the land. As far as I am concerned, in almost nine and half years as a parliamentarian, I have not seen Parliament represent itself in its work as the highest court in the land. Maybe it is time that Parliament exercised its authority and constitutional right to reflect the social values of Canadians.