That The lower house adopted the Liberal government’s law on “extreme intoxication” today, after agreeing yesterday to speed up its adoption.
The Senate can now move at any time to follow a similar process and approve Bill C-28 at all stages in the form of a unanimous proposal.
But during a committee all Tuesday night to study the contents of the bill, several senators raised serious concerns about Justice Minister David Lametti and expressed uncertainty about their willingness to rubber-stamp it without further investigation.
The bill on extreme intoxication will get unanimous quick-tracking through the House of Commons
The bill would amend the Penal Code to create criminal liability in cases of violent crime, where the perpetrator can prove that they were “in a state of negligent self-inflicted extreme intoxication.”
The new language would replace a similar provision that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional in May.
In its bill, which passed the bill, Parliament agreed to stipulate that its Justice Committee would study the implementation in depth this fall, a step that Lametti said is also available to senators.
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