Age of Consent raised to 16.Ottawa -- On February 27, the Senate passed the government's Bill C-2, raising the age of sexual protection in Canada to 16 from the present 14. Royal assent in England, the assent of the sovereign to a bill which has passed both houses of Parliament, after which it becomes law.
See also: Assent followed the next day. The vote follows years of lobbying on the part of the Canada Family Action Coalition and other family organizations that worked tirelessly tire·less
Not yielding to fatigue; untiring or indefatigable.
tireless·ly adv. to protect 14- and 15- year-old boys and girls boys and girls
mercurialisannua. from being sexually violated vi·o·late
tr.v. vi·o·lat·ed, vi·o·lat·ing, vi·o·lates
1. To break or disregard (a law or promise, for example).
2. To assault (a person) sexually.
3. by adults.
The Bill also confirmed mandatory minimum sentencing. Homosexual activists tried to oppose it but found little support among MPs ("Age of consent legislation back on", Xtra, Oct 25, 07)
The Family Coalition, in turn, praised the "750,000 Canadians who signed the age of protection petition and advocated for the children. This victory is proof positive that individuals can make a difference and right the wrongs perpetrated by insensitive in·sen·si·tive
1. Not physically sensitive; numb.
a. Lacking in sensitivity to the feelings or circumstances of others; unfeeling.
b. legislators acting on behalf of special interests, instead of the good of people" (News Release, 28 Feb. 2008). The Harper government is to be congratulated.