TILSON REINTRODUCES BILL TO AMEND YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT
March 11, 2021
PARLIAMENT HILL – David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, rose in the House of Commons today to reintroduce his Private Member’s Bill to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
“I was pleased to be able to introduce this bill today, as this is an issue which I have been vocal about for many years,” Tilson stated. “I believe that the Youth Criminal Justice Act is deficient in many areas, and I hope that my bill will provoke changes that will get tougher on criminals and make our families and communities safer.”
Tilson’s bill applies to young persons who were dealt with under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Current laws state that if those individuals are charged under the Criminal Code with an indictable or summary offence once they are 18 years or older, information about their criminal record as a young person would remain protected. Tilson’s bill would remove protections on this information, while aiming more broadly to spur debate about the effectiveness of current youth justice legislation.
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