An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to another Act (interim release and domestic violence recognizance orders)


Second reading (Senate), as of May 4, 2021

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This enactment amends the Criminal Code in respect of interim release and other orders related to intimate partner violence offences. The enactment also provides for recognizance orders to be made when there is a reasonable fear of domestic violence.


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June 8th, 2021 / 12:20 p.m.
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Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu Senator

First of all, I want to inform the committee that Bill S‑231 was drafted together with some 100 women who had all been victims of domestic violence; many had also been victims of attempted murder. We gave them a pen and simply asked them what amendments they wanted made to the Criminal Code.

Three important recommendations emerged.

The first was that assailants should be monitored more closely while on trial by means of an electronic bracelet, which is already being used for some purposes in Canada and many other countries.

The second was that an obligation for assailants to undergo therapy should be introduced into the Criminal Code. The idea here is thus to address the causes of the violence. The consequence is that women are murdered, but the cause is often that some men manage their emotions poorly. By requiring assailants to undergo therapy, we will be directly addressing the causes.

The third recommendation was that provisions should be added to the Criminal Code concerning orders not to disturb the peace as well as a new chapter specifically respecting domestic violence.

The purpose of this first step we are taking is to provide better protection for women and, especially, to reduce the number of murders in Canada. Every year, 12 to 15 women are murdered in Quebec, a figure equivalent to the number of victims of the École polytechnique massacre.

This is a very important bill. My colleague Jacques Gourde has introduced it in the House of Commons. I think the House should promptly study the bill because lives depend on it.

June 8th, 2021 / 12:20 p.m.
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Kerry-Lynne Findlay Conservative South Surrey—White Rock, BC

Good afternoon and welcome.

Intimate partner violence is something this committee has recently studied. We repeatedly heard that the existing protections for victims of domestic violence aren't always sufficient. We had testimony from Chief Duraiappah of the Peel Regional Police, survivor Kamal Dhillon and others.

Could you expand on what more needs to be done to protect victims of domestic violence? Specifically, how might Bill S-231 better support these victims?

June 8th, 2021 / 12:20 p.m.
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Kerry-Lynne Findlay Conservative South Surrey—White Rock, BC

Thank you very much to the witnesses here today. There's been some powerful testimony with specific ideas, which is very helpful. I really appreciate it.

I'll speak to Senator Boisvenu for a moment.

Hi, Senator. I thank you for your work on Bill S-231.

Violence Against WomenOral Questions

May 14th, 2021 / 12:15 p.m.
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Jacques Gourde Conservative Lévis—Lotbinière, QC

Madam Speaker, the fight to end violence against women is a critical issue for our country and one that requires action and political decisions. All leaders in the House of Commons and the Senate need to set partisanship aside and take a firm stand on this issue.

Will the government support Bill S-231 and Bill C-293 and help move them forward as quickly as possible before this session of Parliament ends?