An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief related to memorials to first responders)

Status

Second reading (Senate), as of Dec. 8, 2020

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Summary

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This enactment amends the Criminal Code to provide for the offence of committing mischief in relation to a monument or similar structure that honours first responders.

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JusticeStatements by Members

December 11th, 2020 / 11:05 a.m.
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Conservative

Michael Cooper Conservative St. Albert—Edmonton, AB

Madam Speaker, last September, the memorial of the late Edmonton Police Constable Ezio Faraone, who was murdered in the line of duty, was desecrated. Sadly, this is not an isolated incident but part of a trend in which memorials dedicated to police and other first responders are a target.

In response, I have worked with Senator Leo Housakos in drafting Bill S-221, which Senator Housakos introduced earlier this week. It would add significant penalties to the Criminal Code for anyone convicted of vandalizing a memorial dedicated to first responders. This legislation would ensure that perpetrators of such reprehensible acts would be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, while honouring the legacy of first responders who have given their lives.