moved for leave to introduce Bill C-260, an act to amend the Young Offenders Act.
Mr. Speaker, I would first like to thank my colleague from Wild Rose for seconding this bill. I am privileged to introduce a private member's bill which will amend the Young Offenders Act to provide for a crown procedural option for anyone who wilfully fails to comply with section 7 or with an undertaking entered into pursuant to subsection 7.1(2).
At present, the punishment under section 7.2 of the Young Offenders Act is limited to a range for summary conviction. This bill will make the section a hybrid offence with imprisonment not exceeding two years or punishable by summary conviction.
This minor amendment will place significantly more responsibility on those persons who agree to ensure that young offenders will abide with specific court conditions.
I look forward to debating this proposal in this place in the very near future and I urge all members to give careful consideration and support to this initiative.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)