Legal and Constitutional Affairs – June 18, 2015

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – June 18, 2015

Senators continue their hearings on the legislation known as Quanto’s Law, which proposes tougher penalties for anyone who harms or kills law enforcement, service or military animals. Bill C-35 is named in honour of Quanto, an Edmonton police dog who was stabbed to death while helping to apprehend a suspect in 2013.

Barbara Cartwright (C.E.O. of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies), Stephen Kaye (president of the Canadian Police Canine Association), and Diane Bergeron (executive director of strategic relations and engagement for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind ) express their unanimous support for the proposed bill during the first panel.

The committee then hears from staff sergeant Troy Carriere, section commander of canine and flight operations for the Edmonton Police Canine Unit.
Lawyers Michael Spratt, representing the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, and Brian Hurley from the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers, outline their concerns with the proposed bill.

Senators conduct their clause-by-clause consideration after hearing from the witnesses. Carole Morency and Michael E. Zigayer, who are both with the criminal law policy section at Justice Canada, respond to remaining technical questions. (June 18, 2015) UPDATE: Bill C-35 received royal assent on June 23.