2017-11-28 MP Michael Cooper on Bill C-39

Last year the conviction of Travis Vader of two counts of second degree murder of Lyle and Marie McCann was vacated after the trial judge applied a section of the Criminal Code that was found to be unconstitutional back in 1990.
But there was the section in black and white in the Criminal Code 26 years later.

After waiting six years for justice the McCann family was devastated by the vacated sentences.

Last March the Minister of Justice introduced Bill C-39 to remove constitutionally inoperative sections of the Criminal Code. Yet after eight months the Minister has done absolutely nothing to move the Bill forward. Nothing to remove constitutionally inoperative sections of the Criminal Code. Nothing to see that what happened to the McCann family never happens again.

Enough is enough. It’s time for the Minister to stop the excuses; stop the delay and see the immediate removal of constitutionally inoperative sections of the Criminal Code.