I'll make similar comments that I made to the previous amendment that was proposed. I take the point well. I read the email from Mr. MacGregor carefully, and I respect entirely the point that's being made here. I've thought about this carefully. The intent of this bill is to get at the significant problem that we have with impaired driving in Canada—the highest rate of impaired driving of all major countries—which is causing significant problems on our roads as far as public safety. It's a really big issue.
We heard significant testimony that the best way to deal with that problem is to make people feel they're going to get caught if they are impaired drivers. That is the object of this bill. It would severely limit the impact of that deterrence if it were limited to roadside checks. I take the point well. The language used in this bill does, obviously, highlight the fact that any unlawful stop for any irrelevant considerations cannot be acceptable. I'll be proposing an amendment later, in the preamble of the bill, to address this issue as best as can be done.
Overall, when we're talking about the charter, the Supreme Court in many decisions dealing with impaired driving laws has given latitude to Parliament to enact laws that will reduce the harm of impaired driving in this country, and often will indicate that even though there are breaches, it's saved by section 1 of the charter. I'm not in any way minimizing the point that you or Mr. MacGregor has made, but overall, in balancing all these things, we have to do a better job in insuring this doesn't happen. Overall, the intent of the bill would be severely limited by the impact of this amendment, and therefore I cannot support it.