May 1, 2008 -- Ottawa, Ontario -- MP Rob Moore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, today welcomed the coming into force of three sections of the Tackling Violent Crime Act.
Canadian Communities now safer: Tougher laws come into force for serious gun crimes and sexual predators
These three sections provide for:
“Today, families and communities across Canada can feel safer,” said Mr. Moore. “These changes have been long overdue, and our government will continue to deliver on what is important for Canadians. The days of soft, lenient penalties are over.”
- Better protection for youth from adult sexual predators by increasing the age of protection for sexual activity from 14 years to 16 years;
- Tougher mandatory jail time for serious gun crimes; and
- New bail provisions which require those accused of serious gun crimes to show why they shouldn’t be kept in jail while awaiting trial.
In order to allow extra time for police, prosecutors, defence counsel, judges and other criminal justice system personnel to prepare to implement the important changes being introduced through the Tackling Violent Crime Act, the two remaining sections of the Act – impaired driving and dangerous offenders – will come into force on July 2, 2008.
These provisions of the Act will provide for:
In addition to its comprehensive measures to tackle violent crime and in keeping with its commitment to make Canadian communities safer, the Government of Canada has also:
- More effective sentencing and monitoring to prevent dangerous, high-risk offenders from offending again; and
- New ways to detect and investigate drug-impaired driving as well as stronger penalties for impaired driving.
Rob Moore is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and the MP for Fundy Royal.
- Introduced legislation to tackle property theft, including the serious crime of auto theft;
- Passed legislation to increase penalties for those convicted of street racing;
- Passed legislation to end conditional sentences (house arrest) for serious personal injury and violent offences, including sexual assault;
- Introduced a National Anti-Drug Strategy, including legislation that would provide mandatory jail time for serious drug crimes;
- Introduced 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; and
- Invested in crime prevention community projects across Canada that target youth.
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For more information, please contact:
Special Assistant – Communications
Office of Rob Moore, M.P. Fundy Royal