Legal and Constitutional Affairs – April 3, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – April 3, 2014

Conservative MP Earl Dresshen presents his private member’s bill (C-444) that seeks to add a sentencing provision for people who pose as a police officer or peace officer to commit another offence. The bill was first introduced in the last parliamentary session, but did not pass before prorogation.
Laurie Long then shares her family’s ordeal that influenced Dreeshen’s decision to draft the legislation. In 2009, her 16-year-old daughter Jordan was abducted and sexually assaulted by a man pretending to be a RCMP officer. The Longs approached Dreeshen in 2010 to bring the issue to his attention.
Criminal Lawyers’ Association representative Michael Spratt tells senators that his organization agrees with the intent but questions the necessity of the legislation.
Calgary Police Superintendent Kevan Stuart discusses the importance of preserving public trust and respect for police officers. (April 3, 2014)