As Prime Minister I will amend the Criminal Code to make it legal for Canadians to possess mace and pepper spray for self-defence purposes.
My thoughts around this issue are primarily with Canadian women, far too many of whom find themselves the victims of physical and sexual violence. A Statistics Canada study from 1993 found that half of all women in Canada over the age of 16 will be the victim of physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. In 2011, 173,614 were victims of violent crime reported to the police. These are terrible facts and, as Prime Minister, I will take steps to strengthen the rights of women to protect themselves from those that would do them harm.
One sensible way to do this is to allow women to carry and use mace and pepper spray for self-defence. Women should not be forced by the law to be victims of violence when there exist non-lethal means by which they can protect themselves.