Proposed section 82.3 starts out with a description of the mens rea required for the offence, the mental element.
It starts out with “Everyone who, with intent...”, and then it talks about the physical element of the offence. It describes the mental element, and then it describes the physical element. So the mental element is the intent to cause death, serious bodily harm, etc., so everyone with that mental element who makes a device or possesses, uses, transfers, exports, and so on.... That is an offence with the mental and the physical element enumerated.
What I'm seeking to clarify is that, after it describes the physical element of that first offence, it uses the word “or”. The question that raises in my mind is, for everything after the “or”, does it require that you have that same mental element that's described in the first three lines, or does it not?
These amendments would specify that the mental element that is prescribed in proposed section 82.3, for example, the intent to cause death, serious bodily harm, etc., is also required for the other components set out there.
Without having that enumerated, it could be interpreted that the mere commission of the physical act is sufficient to warrant a conviction. So you don't need a specific intent. If you commit the physical act, you're culpable.
The sole purpose of all of these first four proposed amendments is to specify that the mental element described applies to all of the other physical acts contained in it. That's the rationale for the amendment. It's to make that crystal clear.