moved for leave to introduce Bill C-570, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mandatory minimum sentences for rape).
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce my private member's bill, an act to amend the Criminal Code, mandatory minimum sentences for rape.
This enactment would amend sections 271, 272 and 273 of the Criminal Code to establish mandatory minimum sentences for sexual assault to fall within the definition of rape as defined for the purpose of those sections.
It would also establish that sentences for such offences must be served consecutively to any other punishment arising out of the same event or series of events.
It is my hope that this piece of legislation will keep offenders behind bars longer and help keep Canadians and their families safe.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)