Tuesday March 13, 2012

Federal Gov't News

Crime Bill Passes

Tories' promise to crack coconuts comes true

Released by Robert Pearsal, Asst. to MP Mark Strahl/Voice file photo



he federal Conservative Government has delivered on a key election promise with last night's final vote in the House of Commons on the Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10) , says Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP, Mark Strahl.

"Canadians elected this government with a mandate to pass this comprehensive anti-crime bill within the first 100 sitting days of Parliament. Last night we delivered on that promise," said Strahl.

The Safe Streets and Communities Act would:


better protect children and youth from sexual predators;

increase penalties for organized drug crime;

end house arrest for serious crimes;

protect the public from violent young offenders;

eliminate pardons for serious crimes;

enshrine in law a number of additional key factors in deciding whether an offender would be granted a transfer back to Canada;

increase offender accountability and support victims of crime;

support victims of terrorism; and

protect vulnerable foreign nationals against abuse and exploitation.


Speaking to the Justice Committee last fall, Sheldon Kennedy, former NHL player and co-founder of Respect Group Inc said, "I want to thank this government for standing up for victims and finally taking action. It's about time someone gets tough on criminals."

Statistics show child pornography offences were up by more than 30 per cent in 2010 and drug crimes have been rising since the 1990s.

"The measures contained in this legislation crack down on those who exploit children, traffic in illegal drugs and commit acts of violence and terror. This bill will keep dangerous offenders off our streets and make our communities safer," said Strahl.


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