Impaired driving is a serious crime that has resulted in carnage on Canada's roads. Approximately 1,500 people die yearly at the hands of impaired drivers.

Yet sentences routinely given to impaired drivers don't match the seriousness of the crime.

Bill C-46, the Liberals impaired driving bill, does nothing to strengthen penalties for impaired drivers who kill.

Worse, instead of standing up for victims, the Liberals recently voted down Conservative amendments to fix Bill C-46 so that victims of impaired drivers can finally have some justice.

But there is still hope!

Bill C-46 can be fixed once it moves to the Senate.

Find out more, take action and sign my e-petition to fix Bill C-46

Source: Michael Cooper MP

RESPONSE TO PETITION by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

DATE: APRIL 26, 2018

SUBJECT Impaired driving

The Government is committed to combatting impaired driving and has proposed significant reforms in Bill C-46, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts. The Bill proposes to create new drug-impaired driving offences, provide new tools and powers for police to investigate both drug and alcohol-impaired driving, and simplify the prosecution of offenders. 8BBill C-46 proposes some higher maximum penalties for transportation offences, including by raising the maximum penalty for impaired driving where no one was hurt or killed from 5 years imprisonment to 10 years imprisonment, and raising the maximum penalty for offences causing bodily harm from 10 years imprisonment to 14 years imprisonment. Additionally, the Bill proposes that all transportation offences causing a death be punishable by a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Bill C-46 signals to the courts that sentences for impaired driving should reflect the seriousness of the offence. 9BThe Government expects that the courts will fashion appropriate penalties within the broad range that is set out in Bill C-46. The Government notes that sentences for impaired driving causing death have been increasing, for example, a first offender who had caused multiple deaths was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment (R v Muzzo, 2016).

Source: Parliament of Canada


Last updated on: 2018-07-02 | Link to this post