Canadians should observe Truth and Reconciliation Day by agreeing to ban corporal punishment, said New Democrat MP Peter Julian (New Westminster-Burnaby, B.C.). The MP said he wanted to “launch a national campaign” to repeal the so-called spanking law.

“Reflect on our collective history of colonialism and genocide and how it continues to impact survivors,” MP Julian said in a statement. “We must end all legalized harm and physical punishment of children in Canada.”

The 2015 Calls To Action of a federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission included a recommendation that Parliament repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code. The provision for corporal punishment was written in 1892 by then-Attorney General David Thompson, a father of seven children.

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