Mr. Speaker, it is always a pleasure to rise on behalf of the people of Kamloops—Thompson—Cariboo.
I am going to follow up on the last point my friend and colleague just made, which was in regard to sentencing.
I know he mentioned Bill C-5, and we may have some disagreement on minimum penalties. For instance, if memory serves, the maximum penalty for assault is five years when proceeded by an indictment and two years less a day when proceeded summarily.
Does my colleague believe or agree that perhaps we need to elevate the maximum sentences when it comes to intimate partner violence?
I would point out a couple of things. One is the fact that the Criminal Code talks about people who are vulnerable, and when we talk about the cycle of violence, we are in fact talking about people who are vulnerable. The second is that the Criminal Code mentions that it is an aggravating feature to abuse one's intimate partner.
Given those factors, would he propose raising the maximum sentences for people who abuse their intimate partners?