March 13, 2012
Federal Gov't News
Crime Bill Passes
promise to crack coconuts comes true
Released by Robert Pearsal, Asst. to MP
Mark Strahl/Voice file photo
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:
children and youth from sexual predators;
penalties for organized drug crime;
end house arrest
for serious crimes;
public from violent young offenders;
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;
offender accountability and support victims of crime;
of terrorism; and
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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