An Act to amend the Criminal Code (presentence report)

Sponsor

Majid Jowhari  Liberal

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

Status

Introduced, as of Feb. 19, 2020

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Summary

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This enactment amends the Criminal Code to require that a presentence report contain information on any aspect of the offender’s mental condition that is relevant for sentencing purposes.

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Criminal CodeRoutine Proceedings

February 19th, 2020 / 3:25 p.m.
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Liberal

Majid Jowhari Liberal Richmond Hill, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-207, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (presentence report).

Mr. Speaker, it is a great honour for me to rise today to reintroduce my private member's bill as the member of Parliament for Richmond Hill. The bill would amend paragraph 721(3)(a) of the Criminal Code. I would also like to thank the hon. member for Mississauga—Erin Mills for once again seconding the bill.

The bill would mandate that alongside such information as age, character, behaviour and willingness to make amends, information outlining mental health disorders and available mental health care programs for accused be provided in a pre-sentence report, unless otherwise specified. Access to such information is vital to ensuring that Canadians with histories of mental illness are afforded care, compassion and appropriate treatment throughout the process of their rehabilitation.

I urge all members of the House to support the bill.

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