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Dawn Black lobbies for change to spanking laws

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Former New Westminster MLA and MP Dawn Black is fighting to change the Criminal Code so spanking is no longer allowed.

Black is part of a committee that’s seeking to repeal the section of the Criminal Code that permits the hitting of children.

“I worked on it in the House of Commons and pushed for it,” Black told the Record. “A friend of mine is a parenting expert who has had this on the side of her desk for a number of years. She has now retired and has decided to put more effort into it and put together a committee. She asked me to help with it.”

Black said research shows that spanking doesn’t work as a parenting tool and can be harmful to kids.

“The research is rock solid. It doesn’t work and it can be harmful. So why would you keep doing that?” she said. “Why would you have it in your own Criminal Code? It’s like a statement – our country says it’s OK to hit kids. I don’t think that’s good.”

According to Black, nearly 50 countries have banned the hitting of children, but Canada and the United states are “behind the times” where laws are concerned. At a time when society is trying to model non-bullying behaviour, she said it’s time to change the law.

“It used to be in the Criminal Code that you could hit your wife, you could hit your apprentice, you could hit your slave, you could hit a variety of people,” she said. “The only one that’s left there is that you can hit your children.”

Black said the recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommended that Section 43 of the Criminal Code be repealed, as a result of the physical discipline and abuse that occurred at residential schools. Section 43 is the section of the Criminal Code that permits spanking.dawn-black

“It’s hard to get governments to move,” she said. “There are people who will tell you ‘I got hit as a kid, it didn’t hurt me.’ People model the behavior their parents had, which is one of the things to come out of the truth and Reconciliation Commission – generational damage goes down three or four generations because people model the way they were raised.”

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Dawn Black – Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

Canadian politician and member of the Canada’s Democrat Party, Dawn Black was born, Dawn Whitty, on April 1, 1943Dawn Black, who is currently 72 years of age, was the opposition leader of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada from January 19 – April 17, 2011. Dawn Black is married to Peter James Black.

Her predecessor was Carole James and her successor is Adrian Dix. As the MLA for New Westminster, Dawn Black served from 2009–2013. Chuck Puchmayr preceder Black and her successor was Judy Darcy. As a Canadian Parliament member for Coquitlam – New Westminster, Dawn Black served from April 3, 2006 – 2009 and was preceded by Paul Forseth and succeeded by Fin Donnelly. As a member of Canada’s Parliament for Burnaby – New Westminster Dawn Black served from 1988-1993 and was succeeded by Paul Forseth.

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Dawn Black became involved with Canadian politics at a young age and as her first role with Canadian government, Black became an assistant to theDemocratic Party Member of Parliament, Pauline Jewett During the Canadian 1988election, Black was elected as the New Westminster MP for Burnaby, as Jewett, aswas retiring. As an MP, one of her most recognized achievements was proposing a private member’s bill that designated December 6, (the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre), not only a permanent day of remembrance but an action against violent acts towards women. Ms. Black also led the opposition against the Tories’ anti-abortion measure, when the politician proposed an anti-stalking measure, which was subsequently adopted by Parliament.

In the election of 1993, Ms. Black lost her seat to the Reform Party candidate, Paul Forseth and was again defeated by him in 1997, but subsequently defeated him in 2006.

During the first question period of the 39th Parliament on April 5, 2006, Black asked Gordon O’Connor, the then Minister of National Defense, to renegotiate the agreement for prisoner transfer with the Afghan government. Mr. O’Connor refused, stating, “Mr. Speaker, we have no intention of redrafting the agreement. The Red Crescent and the Red Cross are charged with ensuring that prisoners aren’t abused. There’s no agreement that prevents Canada from determining the prisoners’ fate, so there’s no need to make any changes to the agreement.” As Black was prominent on this issue, this eventually saw Gordon O’Connor’s resignation and a brand new transfer agreement’s negotiation.

In 2009, Black made an announcement hat she’d end her run as MP, as she wished to run for the NPD of British Columbia during the upcoming election. She aimed to stay in office for the duration that it took to create a bill with private members that limited the use of armored vehicles among civilians, a serious issue in a city with grown gang violence issues.

On January 9, 2011, she was unanimously nominated Black to be the interim leader of the British Columbia NDP. The Council of British Columbia ratified this decision just a day later. Black said after her nomination, “I’ve done a lot of tough things during my life – I’ve traveled to Afghanistan. The challenge is to prove to British Columbia that we are working together. Everyone made a commitment today to expose the promises broken by a Liberal government.”

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