New Democrat M.P.P. Kristyn Wong-Tam, the Critic for the Attorney General, Small Business and 2SLGBTQI Issues, has introduced Bill 94, Keeping 2SLGBTQI+ Communities Safe Act, 2023. This would apply throughout the Province of Ontario, if passed and implemented.
This could be expensive, with violations of this resulting in fines up to $25,000.
Looking through Wong-Tam’s Twitter account, it’s full of social justice content, and she comes across as a Communist. Not surprising, given her party affiliation.
Granted, the N.D.P. is in opposition, and has no real power in Parliament. However, that’s no guarantee that it won’t be passed eventually. Now, what’s in the Bill?
2 No person shall, within 100 metres of the boundary of a property where a 2SLGBTQI+ community safety zone is located, perform an act of intimidation, including,
(a) causing a disturbance within the meaning of the Criminal Code (Canada);
(b) distributing hate propaganda within the meaning of the Criminal Code (Canada);
(c) uttering threats or making offensive remarks, either verbally or in writing, with respect to matters of social orientation or gender roles; or
(d) engaging in a protest or demonstration for the purpose of furthering the objectives of homophobia and transphobia.
The Bill would give the Attorney General of Ontario the power to declare any place a “community safety zone”, for a period of time. Of course, the time limits are not defined, nor are the sizes or locations of these zones.
The Attorney General would have the power to go to the courts in order to get an injunction against any person who might violate these. Now, that raises the concern that these would be politically motivated.
The term “community safety zone” is also undefined, and open to interpretation.
No effect on peaceful protests, etc.
5 For greater certainty, nothing in this Act prevents peaceful protests or demonstrations.
Now, on the surface, it appears like there is a safety mechanism to protect free speech and free expression. However, this is rather misleading.
By claiming that the content of a protest or demonstration is offensive, it can be shut down. Similarly, legitimate concerns can be smeared as homophobic or transphobic. Moreover, mere offence is enough to shut down public discourse, and that can be weaponized.
And what about things like child drag shows? Would the public be banned from protesting those, under the guise of safety and tolerance? What about transitioning children into the opposite sex?
The Bill also calls for a 2SLGBTQI+ Safety Advisory Committee to be created. Financial support to implement recommendations is included, which means it will cost taxpayers.
Again, this legislation could very well go nowhere, but nothing is assured.
2 Replies to “Ontario Private Member’s Bill 94: Creating “Community Safety Zones” By Eliminating Dissent”
Tam…there’s that last name again……
I disagree–the “pronoun community” has been nothing but violent towards people that oppose their beliefs. And have done nothing but try to force drag and LGB community at others. I’m a white straight woman and I would like a bill passed to protect us! It is ridiculous that this is allowed to continue. And the LGBwhatever community needs to STAY AWAY FROM OUR CHILDREN. Pedophile activity is against the law. And I wouldnt want any of you alone with my children. Mental Health help is my suggestion to the pronoun community!!! Where can I sign a petition against this and encourage others to do so?