Ms. Charmaine Borg (Terrebonne—Blainville, NDP)
Mr. Speaker, the Conservative government claims that this bill will help victims, but there are measures in the bill that will make the situation even more difficult for victims.
For example, it will criminalize everyone who participates in a forced marriage. People who might report such a marriage would therefore have to ask themselves whether they really want the entire family to be treated like criminals.
A number of similar questions arise. That is why it is important to listen to the victims and find ways of helping them without requiring that they swallow something that is not going to solve the problem.
I would like to hear my colleague’s comments on that.
Topic: Government Orders
Subtopic: Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act