moved for leave to introduce Bill C-302, an act to amend the Criminal Code.
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be able to introduce this private member's bill. The concept for it began when Craig Powell, Amber Keuben, Brandy Keuben and Stephanie Smith were all instantly killed by a drunk driver on June 23, 1996, near Morley, Alberta as they returned from a camping trip.
The drunk driver in this case was Christopher Goodstoney who was charged with four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing injury.
At his sentencing hearing the judge referred to section 718.2(e) of the criminal code which stated that they must take into consideration for sentencing the fact that the offender was aboriginal.
Based on information we have heard lately, we are submitting the bill for the purpose of removing that section which in our opinion is very racial based.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)