Langley, BC– Today, Langley MP Mark Warawa applauded the Conservative Government on introducing new legislation to protect children from predators and exploitation.
“I am proud of our Government for once again demonstrating our long-standing commitment to stand up for victims of crime,” said Warawa. “Today, our Government introduced nine new key measures to better protect our children from a range of sexual offences, including child pornography, while ensuring that offenders receive prison sentences that better reflect the serious nature of these offences.”
Earlier today, Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, introduced Bill C-26, the Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act, to better protect children from a range of sexual offences and exploitation at home and abroad.
These nine new measures, introduced in the House of Commons today, reflect the government’s commitment in the 2013 Speech from the Throne to re-establish Canada as a country where those who break the law are punished for their actions, where prison time matches the severity of crimes committed, and where the most vulnerable victims – children – are better protected.
“This is good news for Langley, and good news for Canada,” remarked Warawa. “Last spring, I introduced a Private Members Bill, called The Safe at Home Bill, to ensuring that victims and their families can feel safe in their own homes and communities. With this new legislation, our Government is continuing to make our streets and communities safer, in particular for the most vulnerable members of society – our children.”
The legislation includes nine key measures:
- Requiring those receiving separate sentences at the same time for contact child sexual offences against multiple children to serve their sentences consecutively– one after another;
- Requiring those sentenced at the same time for child pornography offences and contact child sexual offences to serve their sentences consecutively;
- Increasing maximum and minimum prison sentences for certain child sexual offences;
- Increasing penalties for violation of conditions of supervision orders;
- Ensuring that a crime committed while on house arrest, parole, statutory release or unescorted temporary absence is an aggravating factor at sentencing;
- Ensuring that spousal testimony is available in child pornography cases;
- Requiring registered sex offenders to provide more information regarding travel abroad;
- Enabling information-sharing on certain registered sex offenders between officials responsible for the National Sex Offender Registry and at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA); and
- Establishing a publicly accessible database of high-risk child sex offenders who have been the subject of a public notification in a provincial/territorial jurisdiction to assist in ensuring the safety of our communities.
Bill C-489, called The Safe at Home Bill, received overwhelming support in the House of Commons through a recorded vote on December 4, 2013. This legislation has since been debated at second reading in the Senate on January 30, 2014.