Public Transit Operators Protection Act (Bregg's Law)

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (public transit operators)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

Sponsor

Brent Rathgeber  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of March 10, 2011
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Criminal Code to make the fact that the victim of an assault is a public transit operator an aggravating circumstance for sentencing purposes.

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Public Transit Operators Protection Act (Bregg's Law)
Routine Proceedings

March 10th, 2011 / 10:10 a.m.
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Conservative

Brent Rathgeber Edmonton—St. Albert, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-637, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (public transit operators).

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure today to introduce my first ever private member's bill. If passed, the legislation would amend the Criminal Code to make the fact that a public transit operator who is the victim of an assault, an aggravating circumstance for purposes of sentencing. The legislation would give added protection to public transit operators.

Sadly, these types of assaults endanger not only the life and safety of the public transit operators, but also the lives and safety of their passengers and anybody who happens to be in the vicinity of the vehicle.

This bill will be known as “Bregg's Law” in honour of one of my constituents, Mr. Tom Bregg, an Edmonton transit bus driver who was the victim of a violent attack resulting in serious permanent injuries.

Mr. Bregg and members of the Amalgamated Transit Union are present today to witness the introduction of this important legislation. I thank Mr. Bregg for his courage in sharing his story, which serves as the inspiration for the Public Transit Operators Act.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)