moved for leave to introduce Bill C-318, an act to amend the Criminal Code and the Young Offenders Act (capital punishment).
Mr. Speaker, over the weekend we learned of yet another home invasion in the Ottawa area where two prominent members of this community were brutally murdered. It followed similar home invasion murders in Maple Ridge, B.C. and another in Toronto, all over a period of a little more than a week.
Since first being elected nine years ago, I have introduced a bill repeatedly that would amend the Criminal Code to impose capital punishment on those found guilty of this type of violent, cold-blooded, first degree murder.
As well, my bill would prohibit convicts of second degree murder from applying for sentence reductions.
The Young Offenders Act would also be amended to lengthen the sentences for people under the age of 18 who have committed first or second degree murder.
In light of these senseless murders, the Liberal government must realize that the time for providing strong deterrents and appropriate punishment is now.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)