But I thought it is only a motion and has no legal effect!

A:

True, it’s “only” a motion, but historically many legislative efforts have started with private member’s motions or bills. However, legislation is only one of possible consequences. Others may be:

  • New definitions and reshaping of hate speech laws;

  • Suppression of public critiques of mut'ah marriage, honour killings, genital mutilation, gay and Christian bashing, and wife beating; and

  • Dozens of civil servants looking for solutions to problems that aren't there. 

None of the above require legislation.

We have adequate protections now in law for religious freedoms and against hate speech. They should be enforced for all Canadians.