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Domestic violence bill passes third reading in Alberta legislature

Bill 204 will allow tenants affected by domestic violence to break their lease early without any financial penalty


 

EDMONTON — In a rare move, the entire Alberta legislature has voted to pass third reading for a private member’s bill that could make life easier for some victims of domestic violence.

Bill 204, introduced by former NDP member and now independent MLA Deborah Drever in November, will allow tenants affected by domestic violence to break their lease early without any financial penalty.

Shannon Phillips, the minister responsible for the Status of Women, said the bill will help ensure survivors of domestic violence are safe and have the supports they need to maintain their independence.

Related: An Alberta MLA’s harrowing story of domestic assault

The legislation will be proclaimed after consultation and drafting of supporting regulations with key stakeholders including landlords, tenants, and women’s organizations.

Recently, the NDP’s Maria Fitzpatrick moved many fellow members of the legislature to tears during a speech in support of the bill.

She gave an emotional recounting of her own harrowing history as a victim of domestic violence, recalling that at one point during her troubled nine-year marriage to her ex-husband, she awoke to find he had pointed a gun to the back of her head.

 


 
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Domestic violence bill passes third reading in Alberta legislature

  1. Fighting domestic violence by punishing innocent landlords – that’ll go along way to increase the supply of low income rental units! Just like knee capping the oil and gas industry will get pipelines built. Is there no end to the counter intuitive brilliance of the NDP?

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