The House of Commons recently passed Bill C-51, which will repeal Section 365. It’s part of a well-received initiative to repeal archaic lawsfrom the criminal code. Wayne Stetski Kootenay, an NDP MP, had this to say to parliament regarding the outdated law:
“One must wonder about the existing laws regarding the practice of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration. In addition to the fact that it impinges on the rights of some religions, and would confuse the U.S. President who is certain that he is the target of a witch hunt, this might also hurt Harry Potter cosplayers; Dungeons and Dragons ‘larpers’, which I do not know much about but which my staff assure me is a thing; and others for whom sorcery is an entertainment. This is a good law to be rid of.”
Members of the opposing Conservative party had a different point of view from Kootenay’s, saying that the law is only in place to help prevent people from fraud and being manipulated by false promises.