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‘No More Jail Time’ Bill Debated

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 24, 2021

Barrhead AB: The Liberals have introduced Bill C-22 which will eliminate many mandatory minimum penalties and broaden conditional sentencing.

“Many Canadian voters would be alarmed to learn how the Liberals are eliminating mandatory prison time for those who prey on our communities and the vulnerable,” said Peace River – Westlock MP Arnold Viersen.

On conditional sentencing
“I am appalled with Trudeau’s proposals to broaden conditional sentencing. The use of house arrest for offences like sexual assault, kidnapping, and human trafficking is completely inappropriate. This means a trafficker could serve their sentence at home in the same neighbourhood as the victim. This will put victims and communities at risk.”

On violent gun crimes
“Only two days after introducing measures that target law abiding firearms owners, the Liberals are eliminating mandatory prison time for criminals who commit robbery with a firearm, weapons trafficking, and drive-by shootings. They’re doing this because they feel these laws are unfair. Serious, violent offences that are committed with firearms deserve mandatory prison time.

On drug crimes

“Bill C-22 does little to help those struggling with addiction but rather eliminates mandatory prison time for drug traffickers and producers. I believe Canada’s drug laws should target individuals who prey on Canadians struggling with addictions.”

Municipalities, organizations, and citizens are invited to submit their comments or concerns to arnold.viersen.a4@parl.gc.ca.