Legal and Constitutional Affairs – April 17, 2013

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – April 17, 2013

Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Senators hear witnesses on two different topics during the meeting.

Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan discusses his support of legislation that will amend the Criminal Code to change the rules concerning victim surcharges. Bill C-37 will double the victim surcharge that offenders must pay and ensure that the surcharge is automatically applied in all cases.

Canadian Bar Association representatives Tamra L. Thomson and Ian Carter voice their concerns about Bill C-37 in the second panel. While the CBA supports the victim surcharge, it opposes making it mandatory in all cases irrespective of individual circumstances.

The committee then begins their consideration of Bill C-309. Conservative MP Blake Richards briefs senators on his bill to ban protestors from wearing a mask or disguise while participating in a riot or unlawful assembly. The bill was inspired by the Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver in June 2011 and the G20 riot in Toronto in June 2010.