On that particular subject, I acknowledge that my colleague Mr. Fraser, number one, read it all into the record here, which is the appropriate way to do this. Anything else is just a courtesy. I appreciate his comments as well as Mr. MacGregor's comments. To the extent that we can, we want to see any document in both languages, because they're not exactly the same and the translations have to be. However, it was read into the record here, so after that it will be translated.
Colleagues, we don't agree with the principle of this letter, which is that somehow this bill doesn't work. I will make only one point on that, and that's with respect to some of the comments that more defendants will be released on bail.
Mr. Fraser gave an example of a crown attorney being asked to provide the information on this, and if the crown, for whatever reason, has made a mistake or doesn't have the information on there, that somehow the individual is going to get released. I don't think that's the case.
I suppose in different parts of this country, it may happen differently. But I know in the part of the world that Mr. Bittle and I come from, if you had a requirement like that for the crown to come up with that in the morning, if they didn't have it, presumably they would put it over to the afternoon until the crown got the information, or possibly the next day. I can't imagine, wherever it is, that the judge or the justice of the peace is going to say, “Oh, you're required by law to give me that information.” If he doesn't have it, he's not going to tell the guy he can walk out the door. I don't think that's what would happen.
I just wanted to put that on the record.