Wilks bill gets closer to being law

Kootenay Columbia MP David Wilks’ Private Members Bill C-299 is one step closer to becoming law.

Kootenay Columbia MP David Wilks’ Private Members Bill C-299 is one step closer to becoming law.

It passed its third reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The bill now proceeds to the Senate for review.

“This bill goes beyond amending the Criminal Code to impose a mandatory minimum sentence,” said Wilks. “It goes to the heart of every parent who has young children. It recognizes that the most vulnerable, a child, must be protected at all cost.”

The bill, which was proposed by Wilks in the fall of 2011 shortly after three-year-old Kienan Hebert was kidnapped and safely returned in Sparwood, would impose a minimum jail sentence for a stranger who kidnaps a child under the age of 16.

“Surely if we as politicians saw fit to give mandatory minimum sentencing to a person who kidnaps another person with a firearm, or is connected to a criminal organization, we ought to see that kidnapping a defenseless child is in my opinion far graver than the aforementioned,” said Wilks.

The bill passed by a vote of 151 to 117, and Wilks believes it will send a message to the people who commit these crimes that it will not be tolerated in Canada.

He originally submitted the bill after an overwhelming response from his constituents, who wrote and emailed him asking him to introduce the legislation.

“This is not about taking away the power of a judge’s decision, nor about interjecting into a legal system that some believe provides adequate sentencing. This is about sending a clear message that the protection of children is front and centre when it comes to criminal behaviour,” said Wilks.

“I look forward to following the debate in the Senate and eventual passage of Bill C-299.”

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Heavy rain in Okanagan results in slowest start to fire season in four years

119 hectares of land burned so far this year, compared to 991 ha in 2019, and 3,835 ha in 2018

QUIZ: Put your knowledge of Canada to the test

How much do you know about our country?

Province releases report on Columbia River Treaty public feedback

Reservoir levels, fair compensation for impacted communities, among many issues raised

George Ross celebrates 95th birthday

The scotsman has been living in Golden for almost 15 years

Golden Museum moving forward with summer camps

The camps will bring kids back to the past for an educational and fun experience

North Okanagan man gives back for Canada Day

Food packages given away to those living on the streets in Vernon

Dog rescued from rocky ledge in Summerland

Penticton Search and Rescue members perform high angle rescue

Tsilhqot’in Nation demands meeting with feds on declining Fraser River chinook stocks

The Nation wants to partner with DFO to rebuild and recover the stocks

PHOTOS: Dual rallies take over Legislature lawn on Canada Day

Resist Canada 153 highlighted colonization and genocide, Unify the People called COVID a hoax

Gov. General honours Canadians for bravery, volunteer service

Five categories of winners presented on Canada Day

COVID-19: Should non-medical masks be mandatory in Canada?

New poll shows Canadians are divided on the rules around mandatory masks

Okanagan mine makes way for industrial project

Council holds a special meeting to rezone property

In photos and video: Colourful Canada Day parade rolls through Sicamous

Patriotic procession allows community to celebrate together while maintaining distance

Okanagan arsonist sentenced to 3 years probation

Arsonist must pay $500 to each party affected, no access to drugs, alcohol or fire starters

Most Read