MADD Canada

MADD Canada

October 27, 2005 17:20 ET

MADD Canada applauds Bill C-70

MADD Canada applauds Federal Minister Irwin Cotler's Legislative Initiative to Restrict the Use of Conditional Sentences for Violent Crimes Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 27, 2005) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) applauds the federal government's new legislation restricting the use of conditional sentences for violent crimes. The organization commends Justice Minister Irwin Cotler for providing much needed direction on the appropriateness of conditional sentences for crimes where a person has been killed or seriously injured.

MADD Canada is especially glad to see that Bill C-70 will restrict the use of conditional sentences for violent impaired driving crimes - impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm.

"This is very good news for members and supporters of our organization," says Karen Dunham, MADD Canada's National President. "We commend the Minister and applaud the introduction of this legislation. We trust the judiciary will now adopt the spirit of this legislation and immediately adjust their thinking when considering the use of conditional sentencing for violent crimes -- including impaired driving crimes where a person has been killed or seriously injured."

Mrs. Dunham relates MADD Canada met with the Minister and his staff a number of times on the issue of conditional sentencing. "We were in Ottawa earlier this week where we spoke of conditional sentencing as one of our priority issues. Last year, we delivered over 33,500 petitioners' names to Ottawa calling for an end to the misuse of conditional sentences for violent impaired driving crimes. Over the last few years, we have been worked closely with the police community, with Provincial Governments, and with other national groups to see an end to the travesty of justice occurring when convicted offenders were routinely being sentenced to house arrest and community service."

"So, this is a good day indeed," says Mrs. Dunham. "Bill C-70 will go a long way towards ensuring convicted offenders who have killed or injured do not receive a 'get-out-of-jail-free-card'; that they receive the jail time befitting the severity of the crime of impaired driving causing death or serious injury."

"Thank you Minister Cotler for this," adds Mrs. Dunham. "We hope this is one piece of legislation that speedily finds its way through Parliament."
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Contact Information

  • Karen Dunham, National President
    Primary Phone: 506-650-7473