An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing)

This bill was last introduced in the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2019.


Sheri Benson  NDP

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


Introduced, as of June 5, 2018
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment amends the Criminal Code to grant the court broader discretion in matters of sentencing.


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Criminal CodeRoutine Proceedings

June 5th, 2018 / 10:05 a.m.
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Sheri Benson NDP Saskatoon West, SK

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-407, an act to amend the Criminal Code (sentencing).

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise today to introduce a bill that would reverse harmful effects brought on by the mandatory minimum sentencing. My thanks to the member for London—Fanshawe for seconding my bill.

The bill, proposed by two students from my riding, would answer the TRC's call to action number 32. It calls upon the federal government to amend the Criminal Code to allow trial judges, upon giving reasons, to depart from mandatory minimum sentences and restrictions on conditional sentences.

The rates of incarceration for indigenous people in Canada are a national disgrace. Canada's correctional investigator has stated that the over-incarceration of indigenous people is a human rights issue. My home province of Saskatchewan is incarcerating indigenous people at an increasing rate, when the rate of overall incarceration of non-aboriginal people is declining. The bill would allow judges to use their training and judgment to impose sentences that are reasonable, just, and based on the facts of each case, and that would not cause undue hardship.

I am extremely proud of Brody Beuker and Camilo Silva, of Bethlehem High School in Saskatoon West. I thank them for creating a better Canada.

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