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Justice committee  Not quite, but it's a pleasure.

November 8th, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Justice committee  As my colleague has said, we're not aware of what the processes might be for courts to be able to implement this. I'll just caution on that. If it is to be permissive, perhaps the committee may wish to consider “on application of the individual” or something like that. I think th

October 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Justice committee  The Criminal Code provides discretion to the courts to impose consecutive sentences generally and then in some instances directs the court to impose consecutive sentences for certain types of offences. Examples include some terrorism offences. If a child sexual offence—a contac

October 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Justice committee  Section 718.3 specifies where there is discretion; then you have, peppered throughout the Criminal Code in other spots, situations in which it's mandatory. Where it's mandatory, however, it's done sparingly and done typically for the very serious, high-level types of offences—ter

October 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Justice committee  There is not one that I'm aware of.

October 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Justice committee  That's correct. The previous government had brought forth reforms to the Criminal Code to deal with mandatory consecutive sentences, up to a maximum of three. When you were dealing with multiple murders, you'd have a life sentence, so, yes, the example—

October 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Justice committee  The norm is to provide discretion to the sentencing court. The exception is to direct mandatory consecutive, in very limited circumstances, for the more serious offences, as I have just described.

October 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Health committee  I don't recall responding to that question. I think the question might have been put to the Minister of Justice. My recollection of how she would have answered that is to the effect that certainly, as you're saying, the provinces and territories would have the ability to enact le

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Health committee  To the point of Bill C-45 reflecting what the Supreme Court has said, if a person is unable to pay a fine, they cannot be imprisoned for their inability to pay through no fault of their own. As my colleague has said, the starting point is that the court has to first determine whe

October 3rd, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Health committee  As you have noted, the bill proposes a range of penalties for the offences. The offence you're referring to in terms of selling is currently under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. It's a trafficking offence, and it carries a maximum of life imprisonment. It imposes mandato

September 11th, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Health committee  Bill C-45 prohibits distributing, providing, or selling cannabis to any young person under the age of 18. A young person between the ages of 12 and 17 would not be criminalized for possessing five grams or less. They could also share it, without being criminalized, with another y

September 11th, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Health committee  The age you're referring to is for the purpose of charging a young person with a cannabis-related offence. Bill C-45 clearly prohibits any adult organization from providing, selling, or distributing cannabis in any form to any young person.

September 11th, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Health committee  If you look at the offence provisions in the bill, for example, article 9 on page 8 of the bill, which deals with the offence against distribution, you'll see that it's an offence to distribute cannabis to an individual under the age of 18 years. It would be the same for selling

September 11th, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Health committee  We just reiterate what the ministers and the Prime Minister have said on this point, which is that the law remains the law unless and until Parliament enacts a change to that law, and to that end, law enforcement and the crown deal with cases as they are presented because that's

September 11th, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency

Health committee  Bill C-45 proposes to prohibit providing, distributing, and selling any amount of cannabis to a young person, and proposes to prohibit using a young person to commit a cannabis-related offence. The expectation with this framework for C-45 is that youth should not have any amount

September 11th, 2017Committee meeting

Carole Morency