Legal and Constitutional Affairs – May 15, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – May 15, 2014

Canadian Police Association President Tom Stamatakis participates in the committee’s study on a Conservative private member’s bill (Bill C-394) proposing to make gang recruitment, especially the recruitment of youth, a criminal offence. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s Guy Pilon, chief superintendent of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada, and his colleague Ken Lamontagne brief the committee on the current network between law enforcement agencies to share information on organized crime. Criminal Lawyers’ Association’s Michael Spratt and Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto’s Christa Big Canoe raise their concerns about the bill’s provisions concerning mandatory minimum sentences and argue that the bill is vulnerable to a constitutional challenge. (May 15, 2014) UPDATE: Bill C-394 received royal assent on June 19.