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Conservatives add 11 offences to Criminal Code

New measures aimed at organized crime, justice minister says


 

The Conservative government has added 11 offences to the Criminal Code in a bid to give law enforcement more options for probing and prosecuting organized crime. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced the additions Wednesday, which cover gaming and betting, keeping a common bawdy-house, and various Controlled Drugs and Substances Act offences. Nicholson said the changes will help close loopholes in existing legislation and allow authorities to use organized crime legislation for its intended purpose when these crimes are involved. A government backgrounder released to the media suggested that when organized crime groups are involved in activities that are not considered to be serious crimes—offences that carry sentences upon conviction of less than five years—authorities have fewer options to investigate and prosecute them. The new regulations will come into effect by executive decision of the federal cabinet.

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Conservatives add 11 offences to Criminal Code

  1. The new regulations will come into effect by executive decision of the federal cabinet.

    Does this mean that the government doesn't have to submit this change as a bill to be approved by Parliament?

    The new regulations will probably be useful, but I'm not sure I'm comfortable with the idea of the government being able to just arbitrarily add new laws without introducing a bill into Parliament first. Have "executive decisions of the federal cabinet" been implemented often in the past?

    • I wonder about regulations as well. There seems to be two kinds, the completely administrative things like the design of a form, for example, and then there are the things that take a good idea and turn it into something monstrous.

      I think we should do away with the second kind.

    • From what I understand, we would be amazed by how much power has been delegated, through legislation, to Ministers and their departmental minions. While much is routine, detail stuff like park fees and the like, this kind of executive fiat to reorganize and prioritize the Criminal COde seems substantive and worthy of public debate.

  2. "The Conservative government has added 11 offences to the Criminal Code in a bid to give law enforcement more options for probing and prosecuting organized crime."

    Still gunning for the LPC eh?

  3. "Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong." ………..Friedrich Nietzsche