An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (consecutive sentences)

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.

Sponsor

Albina Guarnieri  Liberal

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

Status

Not active, as of April 27, 2007
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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This enactment provides that a sentence imposed for the offence of sexual assault under section 271 of the Criminal Code is to be served consecutively to any other sentence for an offence under that section or section 272 or 273 to which the offender is subject at the time the sentence for sexual assault is imposed. However, the enactment also gives the sentencing judge discretion to order that the sentence be served concurrently rather than consecutively where he or she is satisfied that it is appropriate to do so. Where the judge makes such an order, he or she must give both oral and written reasons for that decision.

The enactment also provides that, where an offender is sentenced for first or second degree murder and is, at the time the sentence is imposed, subject to a sentence for any offence other than murder, the offender will not be eligible for parole until he or she has served the parole ineligibility period required by law to be served for that other sentence — the lesser of one third of that sentence and seven years — and the parole ineligibility period required by law to be served for the first or second degree murder.

The enactment further provides that, where an offender is sentenced for first or second degree murder and is, at the time the sentence is imposed, subject to a sentence for another first or second degree murder, the sentencing judge has the discretion to order, where he or she is satisfied that it is appropriate to do so, that the offender must — on the expiration of the parole ineligibility period the person is required by law to serve for that other murder — serve a further parole ineligibility period not exceeding 25 years for the murder for which he or she is being sentenced. However, in no case must the total parole ineligibility period required to be served by the offender exceed 50 years. The enactment also provides that, where the sentencing judge does not make an order for a further period of parole ineligibility, he or she must explain, both orally and in writing, why he or she did not make that order.

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Criminal CodeRoutine Proceedings

April 27th, 2007 / 12:10 p.m.
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Liberal

Albina Guarnieri Liberal Mississauga East—Cooksville, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-433, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (consecutive sentences).

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce Bill C-433, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act.

Eight years ago the House passed the bill I am introducing today by an overwhelming margin because members then saw the need to give judges the discretion to set fair and proportional sentences for multiple murderers and rapists, finally putting an end to Canada's automatic bulk rate for murder and sexual assault.

However, the bill was not passed by the Senate before the general election 16 months later. A Pollara poll at that time found that 90% of Canadians supported consecutive sentencing for murder and rape.

I urge members of the House to also support this bill because justice has to be measured and because every victim deserves a measure of justice.

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