Cracking Down on Organized Crime and Terrorism Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing)

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.


Brian Jean  Conservative

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


Dead, as of Feb. 6, 2014
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends section 718.2 of the Criminal Code to provide that, for sentencing purposes,

(a) evidence that the commission of an offence was linked to a group of three or more persons with a common criminal purpose shall be deemed to be aggravating circumstances; and

(b) evidence that the offence was a terrorism offence or an offence committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal organization shall be deemed to be serious aggravating circumstances.


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Cracking Down on Organized Crime and Terrorism ActRoutine Proceedings

June 5th, 2013 / 3:35 p.m.
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Brian Jean Conservative Fort McMurray—Athabasca, AB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-526, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing).

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce my private member's bill, an act to amend the Criminal Code, also entitled the “cracking down on organized crime and terrorism act”.

It has been identified by this Parliament, the RCMP and criminal law experts that organized crime is a serious problem in Canada and around the world. Currently, offences connected with organized crime and terrorism are considered aggravating factors during sentencing.

Bill C-526 would protect Canadians further by creating a new subcategory of serious aggravating factors and, secondly, providing greater direction and additional tools to judges to identify and punish gang members, organized criminals and terrorists.

The purpose of the bill is to ensure that those committing a criminal offence in collusion with others, and those committing acts of terrorism, are severely punished.

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