Kady O'Malley, Ottawa Citizen, Postmedia News
and sexually explicit online material. Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press
Conservative MP Arnold Viersen wants MPs to investigate the public health effects of violent and sexually explicit online material.
MPs on the Commons health committee may soon find themselves poking around some of the darkest and most disturbing corners of the Internet.
The government has announced it intends to back Conservative MP Arnold Viersen’s bid to have the committee “examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men,” and report its findings back to the House next year.
In fact, by the looks of it, Viersen may well see his proposal pass with near-unanimous support, as the list of joint seconders reveals support within every caucus – even the Bloc Quebecois, and lone Green Party representative Elizabeth May.
The only real question now is when that vote will take place. Viersen kicked off the first hour of debate on Monday, but the motion has now been bumped to the bottom of the priority list.
Of course it has. After all, we're just talking about another generation of kids caught up in the rape culture.
That means it may not come back up in rotation before the House rises for the holidays in mid-December, which will push the start date for the study into the new year.
So, what's the hurry? What's a few dozen or a few hundred girls getting raped anyway? What's that compared to lowering the age of consensual anal sex?
C'mon Justin. Push this through, it is badly needed. The easy availability of porn is seriously affecting adolescent brain development.