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Canadian Professor Opposes Raising Age of Consent to 16
LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/7/06 | Peter J. Smith

Posted on 11/07/2006 4:10:43 PM PST by wagglebee

MONTREAL, November 7, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A professor at Montreal's McGill University has come out publicly against a bill designed to raise Canada's age of consent to protect children from pedophiles and sexual predators. Robert Leckey, a Professor of Family Law at McGill stated his opposition to raising the age of consent from 14 to 16 during a panel discussion on C-22 last Wednesday, arguing the Conservative bill would disproportionately effect "straight people and sexual minorities" according to a story by Nora Mulloy published in the McGill Daily.

“I’m not really convinced there is a problem here,” said Leckey, who derided the Prime Minister's bill as “an inexpensive way for Conservatives to send a message to certain constituencies that they care about children.”

The Daily reports that Leckey argued C-22 perpetuated the notion of young people as “helpless children needing to be protected by the state.” Leckey also based his opposition to the bill on the grounds that homosexuals were more likely to be prosecuted than heterosexuals for violating the law, saying, “There’s no reason to think the law would be applied equally across straight people and sexual minorities.”

However, the language of the Conservative bill clearly intends to protect children from advances made by adult pedophiles to engage in sexual relationships. The bill incorporates a close-in-age exception, which would exempt sexual relationships between partners within five years of each other's age (e.g. a 14 year-old in a sexual relationship with a 19 year-old, etc.), but eliminate the loopholes under the current law used by sexual predators to protect their abuse of children.

C-22 would otherwise eliminate sexual relationships between adults and children over 14, which the current law permits provided the adults have not abused "a postion of trust." According to Justice Minister Vic Toews, the "trust provisions" are a fundamental weak point in the current law, and "very rarely" used because of the difficulty of getting the child to prove a violation of trust.

Justice Minister Toews defended the merits of C-22 to Parliament saying that the higher age of consent would make Canada's children safer from aggressive pedophiles taking advantage of the law's current weaknesses. "Police point out that this low age is often known by sexual predators and encourages them to target Canada in search of younger victims who would not be able to consent in countries with a higher age of consent."

The Department of Justice has statistics that a subset of 94 police departments in Canada reported 8800 sexual assaults perpetrated against youth and children - Leckey's "helpless children" - in 2002. Statistics Canada reports that of the 15,000 sexual assaults reported by police, 61% of victims were aged 17 and under, nearly four-fifths of these victims were girls, and more than two-thirds of these girls were aged between 11 and 17.

C-22 would also change the "Age of Consent" to the "Age of Protection" and has achieved nearly unanimous approval in Parliament after its second reading with the exception of two openly homosexual MPs, Libby Davies and Bill Siksay, both of the New Democrat Party. The bill will leave unchanged the Criminal Code's age of consent for anal sex and pornography at 18 years.

The law is under review by the justice committee and is expected to eventually pass Parliament after the third reading.

Readers who wish to respectfully express their disappointment may contact the McGill Faculty of Law at:
Faculty of Law

Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1W9
Tel.: 514-398-6666 | Fax.: 514-398-4659 |
info.law@mcgill.ca



TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ageofconsent; dementedfreak; homosexualagenda; moralabsolutes; sickbstard
The Daily reports that Leckey argued C-22 perpetuated the notion of young people as “helpless children needing to be protected by the state.”

It's better than having them at the mercy of his perverted ilk.

1 posted on 11/07/2006 4:10:46 PM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 11/07/2006 4:11:16 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

What do you suppose the Professor's sexual preferences might be?


3 posted on 11/07/2006 4:12:43 PM PST by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: GMMAC; fanfan

Canada Ping.


4 posted on 11/07/2006 4:12:43 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee
arguing the Conservative bill would disproportionately effect "straight people and sexual minorities"

Sexual minorities?
WTF is that?
5 posted on 11/07/2006 4:12:48 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: wagglebee

What, he doesn't want them cutting into his prospects?


6 posted on 11/07/2006 4:13:09 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: wagglebee

Keep your children away from this "professor"!


7 posted on 11/07/2006 4:13:24 PM PST by Tax-chick ("If we have no fear, Pentecost comes again." ~ Bishop William Curlin)
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To: wagglebee
Robert Leckey, a Professor of Family Law at McGill stated his opposition to raising the age of consent from 14 to 16 during a panel discussion on C-22 last Wednesday

So in Canada you can have sex with a 14yr old?

8 posted on 11/07/2006 4:13:37 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: arthurus

He would probably like to see Canada become the next Thailand.


9 posted on 11/07/2006 4:14:45 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: arthurus
What do you suppose the Professor's sexual preferences might be?

Young?

10 posted on 11/07/2006 4:15:27 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: arthurus

sounds like its 14 year olds.


11 posted on 11/07/2006 4:16:20 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: wagglebee

This is the usual socialist pervert infesting our universities. Raising the age from to 16 cuts down on his pedophilia dating scene.


12 posted on 11/07/2006 4:20:38 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: wagglebee

For a guy like this Leckey, I'd raise the age of consent to 90 if I could.


13 posted on 11/07/2006 4:21:19 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: wagglebee
OK. Would one of you smart Freepers clear this up for me? What does "age of consent" really mean?

The popular impression is that it is the minimum age one must attain before being able to consent to sexual congress. But it may more specifically be the minimum age one must attain before being able to consent to marry.

Either way, 14 is way too young. 18 should be the minimum as far as I am concerned. But I sure would like to know this phrase's legal meaning!
14 posted on 11/07/2006 4:28:39 PM PST by DakotaGator
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To: DakotaGator

It's the age at which someone can legally consent to sex.


15 posted on 11/07/2006 4:31:44 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Actually there is a slight nuance to this. The 'legal' part applies to the older party, not to the younger party. The younger party is not legally culpable in the act, whether he/she consents or not.

This confusion is probably why they are changing the name to Age of Protection. The phrase 'age of consent' is ambigous as it leads to the impression that the young 'consentor' is constrained in legal way from engaging in sex. In fact, the legal constraint is on the older party, not the younger.


16 posted on 11/07/2006 4:39:09 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: wagglebee

Sigh. It should coincide with one's age of majority.


17 posted on 11/07/2006 4:39:57 PM PST by DakotaGator
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To: arthurus

same as a catholic priest?


18 posted on 11/07/2006 4:54:37 PM PST by himno hero
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To: DakotaGator

awwww c'mon

should coincide with when they can carry two full 5 gal buckets of pig slop 1700 feet without stopping


19 posted on 11/07/2006 4:57:03 PM PST by himno hero
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To: kinoxi
Sexual minorities? WTF is that?

John Kerry's balls, perhaps?

20 posted on 11/07/2006 5:04:01 PM PST by rickmichaels (God Bless America, Land That I Love...)
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To: rickmichaels

Mrs Heinz likes them served with ketchup from what I hear.


21 posted on 11/07/2006 5:05:53 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: arthurus
What do you suppose the Professor's sexual preferences might be?

You don't suppose it could have anything to do with his opposing raising the age of consent? Nah...

22 posted on 11/07/2006 5:48:49 PM PST by ukie55
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To: himno hero

LOL! There's always that ;-)


23 posted on 11/07/2006 6:24:48 PM PST by DakotaGator
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To: wagglebee

So I gather that in Canada the gay chickenhawks can nightly peruse the teenage runaways/throwaways plying the streets without any risk to their freedom, jobs or reputations?


24 posted on 11/07/2006 6:39:24 PM PST by sinanju (s)
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To: wagglebee

I can't stomach the whole article right now. Maybe later. Already nervous about elections.

Only sick freaks want below 16 age of consent.


25 posted on 11/07/2006 6:56:31 PM PST by little jeremiah
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To: kinoxi

My thought exactly.

"Women and sexual minorities hardest hit...."


26 posted on 11/07/2006 7:12:36 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (C'mon and dance with me!)
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To: sinanju

so - are you asking because it sounds attractive?

They make pigs in every occupation, intellect and IQ. Obviously the chickenhawks have been at work for a while. Its to bad this c-sucker is supposed to be someone the public should trust.

I think the history of these laws and support lay rooted in Trudeau Liberalism ... one of those made in canada things!


27 posted on 11/07/2006 7:21:03 PM PST by himno hero
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