An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (elimination of statutory release) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

This bill was last introduced in the 38th Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in November 2005.


Jim Gouk  Conservative

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


Not active, as of Oct. 13, 2004
(This bill did not become law.)


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Department of Social Development ActGovernment Orders

November 23rd, 2004 / 4:55 p.m.
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Paul Szabo Liberal Mississauga South, ON

Mr. Speaker, the member covered an awful lot of ground. One of the areas that she mentioned a few times, even in response to the last question, was with regard to maternity and parental leave and the extension to a full year.

I have a particular interest in that one because on October 28, 1998, I introduced private member's Bill C-204 to effect that change. I am very proud to say that on January 1, 2001, it was implemented by the Government of Canada for the benefit of all Canadians. It took three years, but with a little cooperation in the House and a bit of discussion with all stakeholders, it was viewed to be a progressive policy.

Three years later, did the Government of Quebec ever talk about extending maternity or parental leave? If the federal government had not taken on that initiative and extended it, it would never have happened, not even today. The member referred to national standards. Is it not true that sometimes even the province of Quebec may not have all of the ideas and may not be able to provide all of the benefits without cooperating with the Government of Canada?

Corrections and Conditional Release ActRoutine Proceedings

October 13th, 2004 / 3:05 p.m.
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Jim Gouk Conservative Southern Interior, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-204, an act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (elimination of statutory release) and to make consequential amendments to other acts.

Mr. Speaker, currently convicted criminals get out of jail automatically at two-thirds of their sentence, sometimes going from administrative segregation straight into the public sector. Even the Parole Board does not have the power to stop it.

Recently in Okanagan Valley we had yet another murder by one of these people who was released and who was known to have tendencies toward violence, but got out of jail automatically. Paroles should be earned, not given automatically. Then they would be taken more seriously.

This is long overdue and I hope the government will support the bill.

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