moved for leave to introduce Bill C-384, An Act to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act (publication of information).
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Elgin—Middlesex—London for seconding this legislation.
If an individual under the age of majority commits a crime but is tried in an adult court, the individual should not have his or her identity restricted as it would be if he or she were tried in a youth court.
The Youth Criminal Justice Act precludes the publication of information about young offenders when they are sentenced or indicted. If a crime is of such a serious nature that the young offender is tried in an adult court, there should be no prohibition on the publication of his or her identity. The bill would allow the publication of his or her identity.
Hopefully, the bill will spur debate about the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)