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Justice  Mr. Speaker, as I said, our government is committed to ensuring that the criminal justice system provides for safe communities, ensures and respects victims of crime, and holds offenders to account. Our government is committed to a renewed approach, as we have said, in terms of

May 29th, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, every single case or offence that comes before a court, if it is within the offences that we are proposing to reclassify, will be considered on its merits. We are not reducing or changing the sentencing regime with respect to these offences. What we are doing is p

May 24th, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, as I stated earlier, we have done extensive consultations ever since I was honoured to have been placed in this role. We have done round tables right across the country in every province and territory. Round tables included judges, retired judges, defence lawyers,

May 24th, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, that is absolutely not what I am saying. The member opposite is completely mis-characterizing the bold reforms that we are proposing with the reclassification of offences. This is not about altering sentencing ranges. This is not about changing the fundamental pri

May 24th, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I appreciate the question from my colleague across the way about the reclassification of offences. I will start answering the question by speaking to the collaborative work that we engaged in with the provinces and territories in identifying appropriate and bold re

May 24th, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I appreciate the question and the focus on the “What we heard” report. We have done extensive consultations across the country on how we can collectively reform the criminal justice system. I take very seriously within my mandate letter the overrepresentation of in

May 24th, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Criminal Code  moved that Bill C-75, An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, be read the second time and referred to a committee. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise today to speak to Bill C-75, an act to

May 24th, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, one of the key elements of Bill C-46 is mandatory alcohol screening, which is in use in over 40 countries worldwide, including Australia and Ireland. Our government was very disappointed last night when the Conservatives voted to remove mandatory alcohol screening. W

May 24th, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, this morning I was pleased to introduce Bill C-78 and the accompanying charter statement. We know that separation and divorce impact the lives of millions of Canadians and can be challenging for families, particularly for children. That is why Bill C-78 focuses on t

May 22nd, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Divorce Act  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-78, an act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another act. Mr. Speaker, I would like to table,

May 22nd, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Elections Modernization Act  Madam Speaker, I would like to table, in both official languages, a charter statement on Bill C-76, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and other Acts and to make certain consequential amendments.

May 8th, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to working collaboratively with what I believe the member opposite is talking about, with federally appointed judges as well as the province that bears responsibility for the administration of justice. This issue has been referred to the Q

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to ensuring that we continue to move forward with broad-based criminal justice reform to address delays that were identified by the Supreme Court of Canada. I was grateful to introduce Bill C-75. I look forward to the member opposite supp

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, our government is committed to ensuring that we continue to move forward to transform the criminal justice system, with an eye to public safety, protecting victims, and holding offenders to account. We are going to continue to move on this. This is why our governmen

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, again, I am happy to stand up to speak about the appointments process that we have instituted. We will follow the appointments process for every appointment that I make. I have made 167 appointments to the superior courts across this country, 27 in Alberta. I will a

April 23rd, 2018House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal