Bill C-273 / S-251: Corporal Discipline

Status: Committee has completed its study of C-273 | S-251 before committee in the Senate

Description: Repeals section 43 of the Criminal Code which permits parents to use force (e.g. spanking or hand-slapping) to correct a child as long as the force is reasonable under the circumstances.

Analysis: Parents must be free to effectively discipline their children. Scripture speaks of the rod as the instrument to discipline children, implying that physical punishment is not only a legitimate form of punishment but may be the best form of punishment in certain circumstances. By trying to ban a legitimate form of familial discipline, the federal government is illegitimately encroaching into the sphere of the family.

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