Our MP, Mike Sullivan, would like you to know that he has proposed a private member’s bill to protect people with disabilities from being the victims of hate crimes. Sullivan is the Deputy Critic for Persons with Disabilities.
His bill come after an autistic boy’s family in Oshawa received a staggering anonymous letter saying that the boy, Max, is an “idiot kid” whose “non retarded body parts” should be donated to science. The letter advised the parents to move to a trailer in the woods or “do the right thing and… euthanize him!!!” The letter made international news.
Sullivan said in his press release that:
“As a father and grandfather, I was appalled to hear about the family of a 13-year-old boy with autism who received a letter telling them to move, or have their son euthanized,” said Sullivan. “I was even more shocked to learn that hateful actions like this are not prohibited under the Criminal Code. My bill corrects that oversight and protects all persons living with disabilities.”
Sullivan was joined by the parents of the boy and his bill has been endorsed by the Autism Society of Canada.
Sullivan’s bill would make it a crime to spread hateful “propaganda” against people with disabilities.