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Justice  Mr. Speaker, Shawn Rehn murdered Constable David Wynn while out on bail because his extensive criminal history was not presented at the bail hearing. Now, due to a loophole with the Liberals' judicial referral hearing process, it could not be presented because it would not be ent

December 13th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, my colleague from Oxford, who I have the privilege of serving with on justice committee, noted that in Bill C-51 the government initially sought to remove section 176 of the Criminal Code. This is the only section of the Criminal Code that protects religious offician

December 10th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the member for Timmins—James Bay cited a number of sections that are redundant and obsolete. I have been very frustrated that on something as simple as removing redundant or unconstitutional sections, it has taken the government almost three years to get around to fi

December 10th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, my friend from Bow River is quite right. It was only after Conservatives pointed out the attempt by the Liberals to remove section 176 of the Criminal Code, the only section of the Criminal Code that protects religious officiants, and tens of thousands of Canadians l

December 10th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the member is right that there are a number of aspects of Bill C-51 that are welcome in clarifying, in some cases, the law around sexual assault. I think everyone in this House would agree that sexual assault is an extremely serious offence. The lives of those who a

December 10th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, one issue I want to ask the parliamentary secretary to the government House leader a question about is the defence disclosure requirements in Bill C-51. This would mark the first time there would be a positive obligation on the part of the defence to turn over eviden

December 10th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the Senate amendments relate to section 273 of the Criminal Code, which set out a whole host of factors in which consent is deemed not to have occurred. The issue relates to subsection 273.1(2) that codifies, on its face, the J.A. decision by adding the word “unconsc

December 10th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, during his speech, my colleague, the member for Cowichan—Malahat—Langford, expressed understandable frustration over the failure of the government to move forward with the removal of unconstitutional sections of the Criminal Code. During her speech, the minister almo

December 10th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I enjoyed working with my friend the member for Mount Royal in my capacity as vice-chair of the justice committee. I agree with the hon. member's comments with respect to the Senate amendments. He is right that the justice committee looked at amendments introduced

December 10th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, the hon. minister alluded to the repeal of section 159 of the Criminal Code. Section 159 is another unconstitutional section relating to anal intercourse. More than two years ago, with a whole lot of fanfare, the government introduced Bill C-32 to repeal section 15

December 10th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, it is encouraging that in Bill C-51 there are provisions that would remove sections of the Criminal Code that have been found to be unconstitutional by appellate courts. However, following up on the question put by my friend for Cowichan—Malahat—Langford, it is dis

December 10th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Expungement of Certain Cannabis-related Convictions Act  Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise on Bill C-415, a private member's bill introduced by my friend the hon. member for Victoria. It is legislation that would expunge the criminal records of Canadians who were convicted for the minor possession of marijuana. The fact that the hon.

December 7th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Expungement of Certain Cannabis-related Convictions Act  Madam Speaker, I have the privilege of serving on the justice committee with the member for Victoria. The government has taken the position that it supports a so-called expedited pardon process, but it has not said when or defined what exactly that would look like. In 2013, th

December 7th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam, whom I enjoy serving with on the justice committee. I share his concerns about the Senate amendments. Therefore, I want to ask him a question about what he initially spoke of, which was the zombie sections of the Crimi

December 6th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, the member for Abitibi—Témiscamingue spoke at some length about cases involving consent by trickery as the basis upon which she supports the amendments brought forward by Senator Pate. I would be interested in her comments though, due to the position taken by the gov

December 6th, 2018House debate

Michael CooperConservative