Bill C-299 (Historical)
An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing principles) and another Act in consequence
This bill was last introduced in the 38th Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in November 2005.
Myron Thompson Conservative
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduction and First Reading
(This bill did not become law.)
May 8th, 2007 / 9:45 a.m.
Dave Van Kesteren Chatham-Kent—Essex, ON
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, Madam Commissioner, for coming. Thank you for this great presentation. It's a serious problem we all know about. We all want to do something about it.
I want to address Bill C-299, a bill which I am familiar with. I'm going to speak on it, as a matter of fact, tonight, and I am the seconder of that bill.
There were some concerns, the concerns being that within the bill's writing, as it was originally drafted, Bill C-299 would have created offences that criminalized the very act of obtaining personal information by deception. The thought behind that was that legitimate circumstances for deception were used. They were talking about police possibly trapping criminals, or possibly even within a family. There are times when lying takes place and they didn't want to criminalize that. On the broader act, I guess the problem that cropped up was something that nobody really anticipated, and it underlines just how difficult legislation like this is.
Should we move forward and make recommendation for a broader act? Can you tell us of other areas possibly you see in the distance that could really create some problems, as what happened with Bill C-299?
November 19th, 2004 / 12:05 p.m.
Myron Thompson Wild Rose, AB
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-299, an act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing principles) and another act in consequence.
Mr. Speaker, a number of ladies from the Aboriginal Rights Coalition group have asked that the Criminal Code be amended where it requires that the circumstances applying to the offender, if he is aboriginal, be examined. They feel that this is treating the victims as second class citizens and that race should not be a basis for deciding what the sentence should be for any criminal offence of a violent nature. This bill would correct that situation in the Criminal Code.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)