Ms. Dawn Black (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP)
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-334, An Act prohibiting the commission, abetting or exploitation of torture by Canadian officials and ensuring freedom from torture for all Canadians at home and abroad and making consequential amendments to other Acts.
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to reintroduce this important piece of legislation which unfortunately, although it came very close, did not make it to a vote in the last Parliament before the election was called.
I appreciate the help and support of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association which gave me a great deal of help in drafting the bill.
The bill is a comprehensive attempt to address the issue of torture. It makes it a criminal offence to use information known to be obtained using torture. It stops any officials from Canada from transferring prisoners into the hands of those who are suspected or known to use torture. It creates a government watch list of countries that are known to engage in torture. It prevents the use of national security provisions as a measure to withhold information about torture, which happened for months during the Afghan detainees scandal last year.
I urge all members of the House to join together to reject torture in all its forms and to support this very important bill.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)
Subtopic: Prevention of Torture Act