In the last year and a half, there were at least five high-profile young Canadians who committed suicide. You mention Amanda Todd and Jamie Hubley, but Jenna Bowers Brenton, Marjorie Raymond in Quebec, and Mitchell Wilson, also in Ontario…. It’s heartbreaking. How can I not do something about it? I was bullied as a teenager between the ages of 10 and 15.
Where is the federal government in all this? Where is the federal leadership? Yes, bullying in the schools falls under provincial jurisdiction, but cyber bullying falls under federal jurisdiction through telecommunications. So sending text messages, emails, Facebook—all those things is the responsibility of the Federal Government.
Morin had put a motion in the House that asked for a national cyber-bullying strategy, but it was defeated by the Conservatives in November, only a few days before the (Conservative-dominated) Senate released a report asking for a—you guessed it—coordinated cyberbullying strategy. The irony was not lost on Morin.