M.P. Nater’s Bill to Protect Vulnerable Canadians Debated in the House of Commons

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, ON – Today, John Nater, Member of Parliament for Perth—Wellington opened debate on Bill C-219 in the House of Commons. The bill, originally introduced by Nater in January 2019 and re-introduced in February 2020, proposes to enhance protections from Sexual Exploitation for young people and Canadians living with disabilities.

“In the 2019 election, I made a personal commitment to the people of Perth—Wellington to return this legislation to the House of Commons if re-elected”, said M.P. Nater. “After delays caused by the suspension of Parliament last spring and the Prorogation in August, I am pleased to finally have an opportunity to move this Bill forward.”

As the sponsor of the bill, M.P. Nater led debate in the House of Commons. During his address he highlighted the purpose of his proposed legislation and the importance of protecting vulnerable Canadians.

“Sexual exploitation is a disturbing crime because it involves an imbalance and abuse of power” said M.P. Nater in the House of Commons. “There is no excuse and there is no justification for these kinds of acts. These crimes occur when a person actively chooses to use their position to harm an innocent victim.”

M.P. Nater concluded his speech by reminding his fellow Members of Parliament: “Young people and persons living with disabilities deserve to be protected. As Parliamentarians we have a duty to ensure the Criminal Code provides appropriate sentences for disturbing crimes so that vulnerable Canadians are not at risk.”

M.P. Nater’s full speech in the House of Commons can be viewed on his facebook and youtube pages.

A second hour of debate and a vote in the House of Commons are expected to be held in June.

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Media Contact

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