Thank you very much.
This is the new requirement that charter statements should be put into the legislation. I really think this is unnecessary. The Minister of Justice gets advised on all pieces of legislation and takes those into consideration.
Clause 73 imposes a requirement to table a statement setting out any potential effects on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms of any bill introduced in the Senate and the House of Commons. This means that, regardless of whether the minister finds any inconsistencies, or any questions at all, they have to table this legal opinion.
First of all, I don't think it's necessary. The minister—and indeed all ministers—is advised, and certainly the Minister of Justice has a special responsibility of that. To have this now as part of the legislation.... Do you want to add the Canadian Bill of Rights or the British North America Act? You could put everything in there that complies with the Criminal Code. Do you know what I mean?
These are all important constitutional measures, though not the Criminal Code, which is a piece of federal legislation. However, that being said, I don't believe it's necessary and I can't support that. I would like to remove that.