Friday, February 3, 2017

Conservative Alberta MP Michael Cooper Says Trudeau’s Lack of Knowledge of Wynn’s Law ‘Inexcusable’

Const. David Matthew Wynn is shown in this undated family handout photo. Wynn was shot by a career criminal who was out on bail. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)
An MP who is championing a bill named after an Alberta RCMP officer killed on the job says it’s “inexcusable” that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had no idea about the proposed law.  Trudeau was asked at a town hall in Saskatoon on Wednesday night why his government declined to pass Wynn’s law, a bill named after St. Albert RCMP David Wynn, who was shot by a career criminal who was out on bail.  Conservative Michael Cooper’s  private member’s bill would require the Crown to disclose an accused’s criminal history at a bail hearing to give courts more information on which to base a decision.
Michael Cooper MP
The bill passed the Senate by a wide margin with the support of Liberal and Conservative senators, but was shut down by federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.  Trudeau admitted he wasn’t familiar with the bill, but promised to ask Wilson-Raybould to explain to Canadians why she made the decision.  Cooper says if Trudeau was unaware of the bill likely vetted by his own cabinet, that raises questions about what other decisions the prime minister is “in the dark about.”  “Bill S-217 has been before Parliament for a year and has been widely debated,” Cooper said Thursday in a news release.
“The prime minister’s ignorance about an important public safety bill to close a Criminal Code loophole that cost Const. David Wynn his life is inexcusable. Now that the prime minister is finally aware of Wynn’s Law, it’s time for this government to stop playing politics with public safety and pass Wynn’s Law.”
The bill is now at second reading stage in the House of Commons.  RIP Officer Wynn.  I am all for the passage of Bill S-217.  We need to everything we can to protect our police forces across Canada while balancing the rigths of an accused during a bail hearing process.  Full disclosure of an accused's criminal record at a Bail Hearing is a fair and balanced approach to transparently share the critical information with the Courts so a informed decision during a Bail Hearing may be made.  

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