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My Letter to Governor Rick Perry

10 November 2021 at 15h23

Dear Governor Perry:

Like many Canadians and Americans, I was shocked to hear about the way that Judge William Adams beat his young daughter with a belt. What makes it worse is that his daughter, Hillary, has a disability. I would have thought this type of incident would have taken place in China, where the video of an eight-year-old being hit and having his hands crushed by an adult in the middle of the street has gone viral on the internet. No matter what offences these children committed, the punishments they received have no place in a so-called civilized society.

Unfortunately, violence as a way of rearing children dates back many years, forming part of an outdated belief system. In fact, it is difficult to put a stop to this type of violence because there are still so many people who support it as an effective education tool.

I say “attempting” because all modern studies, based on the most recent scientific evidence in fields like paediatrics, psychoanalysis and child psychiatry, show that violence is not actually an effective way of rearing children. In fact, it can cause problems for children on the receiving end: at best, violence can hinder their growth and success, and at worst it can disrupt society, a cost that has always been underestimated.


Child rearing violence leads to agressive children. Support S-204!

11 June 2021 at 16h12


Does violence leads to the use of force, or does using force lead to violence?

According to the religious precepts of Christianity, violence was innate in man — and I must say, women also.

This meant that the proper way to raise them was to submit them to parental authority, and to control them through authority rather than through argument in order to bring them under control or domination. The Church and, beyond that, society itself felt that it was legitimate for parents to strike their children and they acknowledged parental corrective action to be effective.

But, honourable senators, the whole centuries-old concept of parental authority is based on religious beliefs and on empirical knowledge whose basis was laid down long before we began to understand the psychology of child development.

Since then, science has worked wonders, if I may put it that way.

Twentieth-century science has shown us that men and women are not aggressive by nature, but that they become aggressive because of forces in their environment. External stimuli play such an important role in the origin of violence that talking of an “innate” tendency to be aggressive makes little sense for animals, let alone for humans. Children learn to become aggressive when they are treated aggressively.

A solemn declaration to reflect a global scientific consensus was written in Seville, Spain, in 1986, and was made public during UNESCO’s general conference in Paris in 1989.

In 1917, science began to report on the disastrous consequences of corporal punishment. The following signs were evident in children: rebellion, hypocrisy, a taste for cruelty, vengeful feelings, anti-social tendencies, onset of nervous illnesses, loss of activities, and loss of capacity to enjoy and to act.

Since we now know that the way today’s children are raised will map society’s future and since we know that the community can pay dearly for parental use of force, state intervention is apparently not only justified but necessary. The use of force in child rearing, spanking for example, is not a problem that affects only families. It also affects society as a whole.

There is no reason to keep allowing ourselves to believe the traditional argument, under the guise of religious beliefs or some kind of empirical knowledge, that authoritarian child rearing, which includes physical violence, is necessary or more effective.

Consequently, please, support Bill S-204

Please read my full speech


Against the child-rearing violence | Declaration of Senator Hervieux-Payette

19 November 2021 at 18h31

Canada Can Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child by Adopting Bill S-209

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It has long been debated what role the state should play in lives of Canadians. Through these different debates it has become clear that the state has a moral obligation to assist all citizens. In particular, this obligation to defend the rights of our citizens must strongly take into consideration those who are the most fragile members of society such as our children.

There exists substantial scientific proof that children between the ages of 2-12 years of age are in a critical period of development that will impact the adults they will become in the future. For this reason we must rethink our interpretation of the ways our society deems acceptable to raise a child in order for him or her to develop to their full potential.

Parents are not sovereign in the manner that they may treat a child, a spouse or a family member. Children are human beings who are entitled to the same rights as their parents. These rights include life, liberty and more importantly physical integrity.

The recent consciousness made regarding the new roles parents must lead must be further examined by society. As a result of this consciousness surrounding this situation, I felt that it was important to use my role as a legislator to propose amendments to the traditional way in which parents raise their children. The bill that I have proposed against child rearing violence, Bill S-209, will never criminalize parents, rather this bill will help parents find non violent educational methods. For this reason, Bill S-209 includes an obligatory awareness campaign.

Religious values such as education, forgiveness, respect and compassion must be used to create a more harmonious society. These values are represented in Bill S-209 and must reflect a modern vision of our children in society.

We must also take advantage of adopting Bill S-209 because November 20th 2009, marks the 20th anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. Canada was a signatory member of this convention and is lacking in the area of protecting children from the threat of educative violence. The time is more pressing than ever to demonstrate not only to the international community that Canada is consistent with its reputation regarding human rights but also to prove to our children that Canada is a country that will ensure that they are able to develop to the fullest of their potential.

Canada has learned many things about Children’s Rights from other countries who have adopted laws similar to the Bill that I am proposing. These countries have effectively legislated such behavior without compromising the rights of parents to educate their children in a positive manner.

The parent child relationship in Canada must change; Bill S-209 must be used as a stepping stone to further protect the rights of children. In order to have a harmonious society we need educational methods that are pacific. We must never forget that the children of today will be the parents of tomorrow. It is now more important than ever to ensure that the adults of today teach the acts which they hope their children will one day reproduce.

The Honourable Celine Hervieux-Payette, PC

Children See. Children DO. Support Bill S-209

3 November 2021 at 14h51

A video demonstrating the importance of positive education methods by parents.


Parliamentarians from Latin America adopt strategies to eliminate violence against children

14 October 2021 at 15h15


Parliamentarians focused on the many actions they can take to prevent and eliminate violence against children, including:

  • Adopting legislation that prohibits all forms of violence against children including corporal punishment in the home, and the promotion of protection measures within the judicial system that prevent the re-victimization of children.
  • Allocating resources to violence prevention and the creation of protective environments for children.
  • Improving monitoring and reporting mechanisms so that laws and budgets for the prevention of violence against children are properly implemented.
  • Working with the media to generate a public discussion on the topic and to disseminate information.
  • Interacting directly with children and enabling their participation in the legislative process.
  • Ensuring that national parliaments participate in the follow-up and implementation of recommendations made by the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the United Nations Secretary-General’s global study on violence against children.
  • Strengthening partnerships with all stakeholders to prevent violence against children, including civil society, international organizations and the private sector.







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