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Anti-bullying bill might violate Charter: MP Toews

Canada's Public Safety Minister and senior MP for Manitoba Vic Toews said in a letter posted on the Internet today that he believes the NDP’s Bill 18 violates Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The letter, a mass mail out to Toews’ constituents, was posted on Steinbach Progressive Conservative MLA Kelvin Goertzen’s Facebook page.

Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday March 7, 2013.

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Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday March 7, 2013.

The letter was posted on Steinbach Tory MLA Kelvin Goertzen’s Facebook page late Friday afternoon.

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The letter was posted on Steinbach Tory MLA Kelvin Goertzen’s Facebook page late Friday afternoon.

Toews said in the letter while as a federal minister he can’t take any legislative or other action on Bill 18, he does not support it because in infringes on freedom of religion.

"If the provincial legislature does not amend Bill 18 to address concerns of faith-based organizations, school and communities, the only remedy may be an application to the courts to decide if the legislation is compliant with Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms," Toews said.

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