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Justice committee  I would encourage you to look at the legislative background, and we're certainly happy to provide more in terms of the information. Mr. Yost can speak to it, if you would like.

June 13th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  Mr. Chairman, I'll take this opportunity to say that there's a study that's just been released by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction that we would highly commend to the committee. We'll be happy to provide it to you. The title is ‚ÄúCollisions Attributable to Cannab

June 13th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  Thank you.

June 13th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  The reality now with the evidence we have is that under the current approach a significant number of people who are impaired behind the wheel are not being detected by police. We have, as you've said, a very easily available scientific method of determining that, with little intr

June 13th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  We can certainly get you that. What we do know is that the mandatory nature of the associated penalties means that more cases with MMPs go to trial, but we can certainly get you the percentage, as well as the percentage of cases having gone to trial resulting in a conviction.

June 13th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  This is certainly under active discussion. For example, in respect to transportation, there are industries now where drug testing is already the norm. There are other countries that have that experience. Other ministers, other departments, and other processes are certainly look

June 13th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  If I could just add, I think that the B.C. experience, for example, shows that a more effective law and a more effective deterrent.... Ultimately, we shouldn't be having any prosecutions for drunk driving, because nobody should be driving drunk. That will be the ultimate reductio

June 13th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  I'm sorry, I know we're prolonging this. I have just one other point, which is that it's mandatory if the police ask. We hope that police use a whole variety of innovative techniques to ensure that the deterrence effect that we're seeking is achieved by the application of the law

June 13th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  If I could add one point, it's equally illegal now to be behind the wheel driving impaired by alcohol, as it is to be behind the wheel impaired by a prescription drug you're taking for medically necessary purposes completely legally and lawfully. We know many over-the-counter dru

June 13th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  I think any reasonable examination of the history of impaired driving laws would show that they have been around for a long time. They have been adjusted quite often, and at the end of that, like many carpenters working on renovations to a house, it may not be that the golden thr

June 13th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  Very briefly, I would encourage you to speak to witnesses as they come forward. The current law is imposing a series of resource constraints right now on police, crown attorneys, and the judiciary. As Mr. Nicholson noted in his comments earlier, some of that's related to defenc

June 13th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  Thank you.

June 13th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  Certainly the Public Prosecution Service would have more, but if you look at the top 10 offences as reported by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, you see that impaired driving will be number one or number two. Offences, broadly speaking, against the administration of ju

May 11th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  Perhaps, Mr. Chair, I can take that question. Recognizing the differences in the territories in terms of size, scope, and scale, we've combined a series of programs. As you said, we've been for many years now combining a variety of programs through access to justice agreements.

May 11th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney

Justice committee  I'll make two points. First, the National Judicial Institute is a creature of the judiciary in the sense that governments shouldn't be delivering the training directly. We should be proud that we have something like the National Judicial Institute. I think it's recognized as a j

May 11th, 2017Committee meeting

William F. Pentney