LifeSiteNews claims recommendations made by Egale, a Canadian LGBT advocacy organization, on changing laws would allow anal sex 'anytime, any place, with anyone'.

Specifically, it claims that the age of consent for anal sex will be completely removed:

Landolt stressed that because other sections of the Criminal Code do not legislate on anal intercourse, a repeal of Section 159 will mean, in effect, that “there’s no age of consent” for anal sex.

“The point is, consent is under Section 150, and it must be age 16 and above,” she said, “but it does not include anal intercourse as such.”

I'd like to know about the veracity of the claim. Would that mean that anal sex would be allowed with, for example, a 5 year old child?

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    Worth reading mediabiasfactcheck.com/life-site-news - they rate the site Extreme Right Bias. It's not an answer to your question, but gives good reasons why you should not read too much into one of their articles. "They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. "
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 22:44
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    What a bizarre claim. See e.g. Section 151, 152, 153, 153.1, 173, 174...
    – ff524
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 23:19
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    My claim is about what the title is describing, about being able to have anal sex as described due to that supposed recommendations and about Justin Trudeau planning to implement them, you can ignore the rest of the article if you want. You are right in what you are saying, but that this part is wrong doesn't mean that those recommendations don't exist and that Justin Trudeau wouldn't be planning to implement them in the case they exist, although the fact that this part is wrong makes the initial claim less plausible.
    – dastis
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 23:43
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    There are many claims here and they are getting confused. When we untangle them, we might have a good question. "Any time, any place with anyone" is hyperbole, not a real claim. No-one believes it will be legal to conduct any sexual acts in the street. That should be removed from the question as a distraction. What Trudeau is thinking is off-topic. There is a clear claim "Implementing Egale's recommendations, including removing Criminal Code Section 159, will remove the age of consent for anal sex in Canada." Ask that, but consider if Law.SE is a better site.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Sep 12, 2017 at 0:24
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    @Oddthinking According to the Egale report, 210 and 211 were not just applied to brothels, but were used to oppress the LGBT community (by applying it to gay clubs, bathhouses, and private homes). Egale also recommends to apply obsenity regulations equaly in the same chapter. "public sex" still seems like a stretch, but that is probably why OP has doubts in the claim.
    – tim
    Commented Sep 12, 2017 at 10:25

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NO, Egale is not calling for such changes to the law.

The LifeSiteNews article links to the Egale final report.

After some discussion, the recommendations appear on page 43.


  1. Repeal the ban on anal intercourse and institute a uniform age of consent.
  2. Add new provisions to S.490.012 that provide:
    • Judges must consider the consent and relative age of victim and accused when issuing an order.
    • Judges must not issue an order if the conduct clearly falls within the legal standards of heterosexual sexual conduct at the time.

Throughout the document this call is repeated, and on page 64 it is expanded upon:

We wish to be very clear up front: Egale does not condone pedophilia. Historically, the general age of consent has been 14 years of age. We agree that allegations of historic same sex sexual activities with persons under 14 years of age should be prosecuted. We are concerned that no double standard be applied, namely that the age of consent not be higher for incidents involving two persons of the same sex.

For the same reasons of principle, we agree that the general rules regarding actual consent should apply equally to same sex behaviour as opposite sex behaviour.

Canada now operates under a nuanced regime where the appropriate age of consent varies from 12 to 18, depending on the circumstances. It is clear that the philosophy behind the current rules involves three general principles: (a) the ordinary age of consent should be sixteen, (b) persons between 12 and 16 should not have their consensual sexual behaviour criminalized if their sexual partners are of a similar age, and (c) to protect teenagers from abuse by persons in positions of authority, in those special circumstances, an increased age of consent of 18 is appropriate. Provided these rules are applied equally to opposite sex behaviour and same sex behaviour, Egale does not quarrel with these principles and rules.

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