The Senate voted today to rubber-stamp the government’s law on extreme intoxication after The lower house hurried yesterday.
Senators had passed a motion this afternoon to see Bill C-28 through all stages tonight.
As with Parliament’s correspondingly accelerated process, the Senate’s proposal requires its Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs to study and report on the issue within a deadline of March 2023.
The Senate later confirmed that the bill was given royal approval shortly after its adoption.
The bill on extreme intoxication is unanimously adopted by the House of Commons, and goes to the Senate
The Penal Code will now be amended to create criminal liability in cases of violent crime where the accused can prove that they were “in a state of negligent self-inflicted extreme intoxication.”
It is a response to a Supreme Court ruling in May that struck down similar language use as unconstitutional.
Justice Minister David Lametti had called for a quick review so the loophole in the law could be resolved before parliament got up for a summer break.
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