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Senate Committee Looking at Bill C-75 Within a Week- Could send it For Final Vote

C-75 Soft on Crime Bill Update

Recap:

C-75 decreases sentencing on serious crimes for indictable offences, which can be subject to court with a jury and sentencing, to a summary offence. It this happens it could enable people to commit serious crimes and get off with as little as a small fine.

Some of these serious crimes include:

abduction of a person under the age of 14 
concealing the body of a child 
influencing elections unlawfully 
keeping a bawdy house (human trafficking) 
causing bodily harm 
and much more (the list is over 130 crimes long)

For a full list please see is our December 3rd update (scroll down in it to the list of offences).

Current Status:

C-75 is in the Senate, passed second reading and has been sent to Committee. It could return back to the floor of the Senate for final vote any day.

We need to act now if we do not want to see this bill passed.


Action Points:

1 // PRAYER

Pray for wisdom for those on the committee and please take this important information to your prayer groups as well.

If you have not already signed up for a 15 minute weekly shift on the Justice Wall to pray for godly leaders please consider doing so today. Click here.

2 // CONTACT COMMITTEE SENATORS

Contact members of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs asking them to amend the bill.

These are the people who can amend the bill before it goes to final vote.

Committee Chair: Senator Serge Joyal, PC: serge.joyal@sen.parl.gc.ca

All Committee Members (copy and paste this list into the send field of your e-mail): 
serge.joyal@sen.parl.gc.ca, pierre-hugues.boisvenu@sen.parl.gc.ca, Renee.Dupuis@sen.parl.gc.ca, denise.batters@sen.parl.gc.ca, Gwen.Boniface@sen.parl.gc.ca, claude.carignan@sen.parl.gc.ca, PierreJ.Dalphond@sen.parl.gc.ca, marc.gold@sen.parl.gc.ca, mobina.jaffer@sen.parl.gc.ca, Frances.Lankin@sen.parl.gc.ca, paul.mcintyre@sen.parl.gc.ca, Andre.Pratte@sen.parl.gc.ca

3 // CONTACT VOTING SENATORS

When the bill comes back to the Senate floor, Senators will have the power to either pass this or defeat it. Please contact our senators immediately and ask them to vote against this bill.

For a full list of Senator e-mails click here. 
To find Senators in your area click here.

4 // SOLVE THE PROBLEM, FILL COURT SEATS

One of the arguments for passing C-75 is that supporters believe it will help clear the courts, some of which have large back logs of cases. A primary thing that can help solve this is the appointment of more court judges and officials. Currently there are 50 vacant seats nationwide.

Write the Minister of Justice, Honourable David Lametti, and email PM Trudeau and ask them to fill court appointment seats rather than decrease sentencing. Be sure and copy the offiical leader of the opposition, Andrew Scheer, in this communication.

Minister of Justice Hon. David Lametti: David.Lametti@parl.gc.ca / 613 943-6636 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca / 613 992-4211 
Official Leader of Opposition Andrew Scheer: andrew.scheer@parl.gc.ca / 613 992-4593

If you would like to write them by mail simply put their name above this address and send your paper letter. No postage is required.

House of Commons 
Ottawa, ON 
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A KEY POINT YOU CAN BRING UP IN YOUR COMMUNICATIONS

“The government introduced a bill that doesn’t tackle the problem and won’t reduce delays in Canada’s justice system. Not only will Bill C-75 not speed things up, but it will also weaken our justice system.”Hon. Claude Carignan

On April 4th, at the second reading in the Senate, some interesting points were brought up challenging the effectiveness of C-75 in decreasing court wait times:

1 // The court cases would not decrease, but be heard in provincial court instead, creating more backlog there.

2 // This bill is decreasing the sentences for “white collar crimes” at the same time that the SNC Lavalin scandal has made headlines for wanting out of prosecution for “white collar crimes.”

3 // Significant changes to jury selection disallowing either side from rejecting a certain number of potential jurors without cause, creates mistrust of a fair trial.

4 // Removing power of courts to sentence violent reoffending youth (over 14) as adults, creates an environment for adults to use minors for major crimes due to very low sentencing.

Suggested Solutions:

Rather than decreasing punishments for serious crimes the Senator speaking to this bill suggested that the 50 vacant seats on the judicial bench be filled. This alone would decrease wait times with a significant increase in cases being heard.

Click here for the full transcript of the Second Reading debate: Quite far down the page under “Criminal Code Youth Criminal Justice Act”

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