An Act to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act (protection of the public)

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


Geoff Regan  Liberal

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


Not active, as of March 12, 2008
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment amends the Youth Criminal Justice Act to

(a) specify that the protection of the public is the primary goal of that Act;

(b) repeal the presumption in subsection 29(2) that detention is unnecessary;

(c) amend paragraph 31(5)(a) so that when the designated responsible person is relieved of his or her obligations, some of the young person’s obligations may nevertheless remain in effect;

(d) amend subsection 31(6) so that the young person may be detained in custody; and

(e) remove the time limit for a young person to attend a non-residential program.


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Youth Criminal Justice ActRoutine Proceedings

March 12th, 2008 / 3:50 p.m.
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Geoff Regan Liberal Halifax West, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-525, An Act to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act (protection of the public).

Mr. Speaker, this bill is in response to the tragic death of a Nova Scotia teaching assistant, named Theresa McEvoy, who was killed in a 2004 car crash by a repeat young offender. It encompasses all the Nunn commission recommendations, including those which Bill C-25 failed to address.

I should emphasize the work of Mr. Justice Nunn and also thank Mr. Hugh Wright, the lawyer for the family of Theresa McEvoy, for his assistance with drafting the bill.

Finally, I want to thank my colleague, the member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine, for seconding the bill.

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