Impaired driving is a serious offence that has resulted in carnage on Canada’s roads. Each year between 1,200 and 1,500 people die at the hands of impaired drivers and tens of thousands more are injured. Yet sentences routinely given to impaired drivers don’t match the seriousness of the crime.

Bill C-46, the Liberal Government’s impaired driving bill, does little to change this. It does nothing to strengthen penalties for the most serious impaired driving offence, impaired driving causing death. And Bill C-46 provides no meaningful mandatory sentences to hold impaired drivers accountable. Currently, the minimum sentence for impaired drivers who kill is a $1,000 fine. Unless Bill C-46 is amended, impaired drivers will continue to routinely walk away with nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

On October 4, 2017, the Liberal dominated Justice Committee defeated common sense Conservative amendments to Bill C-46, which would have strengthened penalties for impaired driving offences. Despite Liberal opposition, there is still hope that Bill C-46 can be fixed. The Bill will soon move to the Senate where it can be amended.

Victims of impaired driving deserve justice. Send a message to the Liberals to fix Bill C-46 so that sentences reflect the seriousness of this crime; the loss of life; injury; and pain experienced by tens of thousands of Canadians affected each year by the actions of impaired drivers.