Legal and Constitutional Affairs – June 16, 2016

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – June 16, 2016

Conservative Senator Bob Runciman presents his bill that would amend the Criminal Code and make it more difficult for criminals to receive bail. Under Bill S-217, prosecutors would be required to introduce evidence about an accused’s criminal record at a bail hearing. The murder of Alberta RCMP Constable David Wynn in 2015 was the impetus for the bill.
His widow Shelley Wynn testifies after Senator Runciman. Conservative MP Michael Cooper, who represents the riding in which the murder occurred, also testifies during the first hour.
The second panel is made up of Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police representatives David Truax, Lara Malachenko and Rachel Huntsman; Rae Banwarie with the Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada; and John Muise from the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness.
The committee conducts its clause-by-clause consideration of the bill after hearing from the witnesses. (June 16, 2016)