Department of Justice Canada

Department of Justice Canada

December 04, 2007 14:59 ET

Senate Starting Debate on Tackling Violent Crime Act

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2007) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today welcomed the start of the debate in the Senate of Bill C-2, the Tackling Violent Crime Act, a comprehensive Tackling Crime bill aimed to tackle crime and make our communities safer.

The Tackling Violent Crime Act contains key criminal justice reforms that were extensively debated by Parliament during its last session, but never became law due to the opposition's stall and delay tactics.

"Canadians expect prompt passage of these crucial measures, they want Parliament to move quickly and decisively to tackle crime and make our streets and communities safer," said Minister Nicholson. "This legislation has been extensively studied and debated by the House and I call upon the Senate to be expedient in passing this legislation into law."

"All of these important measures have been put together into one comprehensive bill and have been debated by Parliament," said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Secretary of State for Agriculture. "We expect to see it moved expeditiously through the Senate and passed into law in a timely fashion."

By introducing this comprehensive Tackling Violent Crime Act, the Government is showing that it is serious about the need to better protect youth from sexual predators, protect our communities from dangerous offenders, get serious with drug impaired drivers and toughen sentencing and bail for those who commit serious gun crimes. The measures included in the legislation:

- impose mandatory jail time for serious gun crimes;

- create tougher bail rules when a gun is used to commit a crime;

- increase the age of protection for sexual activity from 14 years to 16 years;

- crack down on drug impaired driving; and

- ensure that high-risk and dangerous offenders face tougher consequences when they are sentenced and are better monitored post-release to prevent them from offending again and again.

"I am confident that Parliament has thoroughly reviewed this comprehensive package and I am pleased to be ushering this important bill through the Senate," said Senator Terrance Stratton, who will be carrying out Second Reading of the legislation today in the Senate.

In addition to these comprehensive measures to tackle crime, the Government of Canada has:

- introduced a National Anti-Drug Strategy, including legislation that would provide mandatory jail time for serious drug crimes;

- tabled legislation to strengthen the Youth Criminal Justice Act; and announced a comprehensive review of this Act in 2008;

- introduced legislation to protect Canadians against identity theft;

- invested in crime prevention community projects across Canada that target youth;

- passed legislation to increase penalties for those convicted of street racing; and

- passed legislation to end conditional sentences for serious crimes such as personal injury offences.

For an online version of the legislation, visit

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