MP Cooper disappointed that Liberals put partisan politics ahead of public safety by opposing Wynn’s Law
MP Michael Cooper (St. Albert-Edmonton) expressed disappointment that the Liberal government will oppose Bill S-217, known as Wynn’s Law. Liberal opposition to the Bill was announced yesterday evening by Sean Casey, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, during the second reading debate of the Bill. Wynn’s Law was introduced after Constable David Wynn was shot and killed in the line of duty by a career criminal out on bail, because his criminal history was never presented at the bail hearing.
“It is disappointing that the Liberals have decided to put partisan politics ahead of public safety,” said Cooper.
“It is common-sense that the criminal history of an accused should be presented at a bail hearing. Yet under the Criminal Code it is discretionary for prosecutors to present this vital information. Wynn’s Law closes this loophole – a loophole that cost Constable Wynn his life.”
“The Liberals provided no compelling reason to oppose Wynn’s Law. Instead, for partisan reasons, they have abrogated their responsibility to protect the public by standing in opposition to common-sense legislation that will save lives.”
Bill S-217 was introduced in the Senate by Ontario Senator Bob Runciman earlier this year, and
sponsored by Cooper in the House. Bill S-217 passed the Senate by a wide margin last month, with the support of Liberal and Conservative Senators.
Senator Runciman said it was a “shameful display” by the Liberal government. “It’s the height of hypocrisy for the Liberals to suggest, as MP Casey did in his speech on S-217, that this Bill could contribute to court delays. This is the same government that has failed miserably in its responsibility to ensure judges are appointed to fill vacancies in a timely manner,” Runciman said. “The only obligation imposed by this Bill is to ensure an accused’s criminal record is introduced at a bail hearing – something that is already standard procedure in most courts in this country.”
Notwithstanding the Liberal government’s opposition, Cooper will continue to fight for the passage of Wynn’s Law. “This should not be a partisan issue. I will continue to lobby backbench Liberal MPs to the right thing, and help pass Wynn’s Law,” concluded Cooper.
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