Mr. Speaker, I am absolutely thrilled to report that today our government tabled legislation aimed at putting an end to conditional sentences or house arrest. A great news story. This is for serious and violent crimes including, among other things, aggravated assault, human trafficking, luring a child, street racing causing death, arson, fraud, counterfeiting, most auto thefts and extortion.
In 2006 our government introduced similar legislation; however, the bill was repeatedly stalled and eventually gutted by the opposition.
House arrest for serious and violent crimes offends Canadians' sense of justice. Our government needs to put an end to it.
Today's legislation is the next step in our efforts to get tough on crime, and to stand up for the rights of victims and law-abiding Canadians. I encourage all members of the opposition to vote in favour of this legislation.