We all thought the days of challenge someone to a good old-fashioned duel were behind us. But, the Liberal government intends to change that by making challenging someone to a duel completely legal in Canada.
The Liberal government announced last week that they plan to make it completely legal for Canadians to accept or invite a duel.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced last week that some ‘obsolete’ and ‘redundant’ provisions in the Criminal Code would be removed to update and modernize the criminal justice system.
— Min. Wilson-Raybould (@MinJusticeEn) June 6, 2017
Anyone who “challenges or attempts by any means to provoke another person to fight a duel” could have faced a maximum punishment of up to two years in jail, according to s.71 in the Criminal Code.
According to the Ottawa Citizen, the last person who died in a duel in Canada was in 1833 in Perth, Ontario. Two men were fighting over the affections of a young school teacher.
Other outdated laws scheduled to be repealed include:
- pretending to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration
- publishing blasphemous libel
- possessing, printing, distributing or publishing crime comics
- issuing trading stamps
- advertising a reward for the return of stolen property “no questions asked”