The Senate today voted to approve the Government’s Extreme Intoxication Bill after the House of Commons rushed it through yesterday.
Senators passed a motion this afternoon to have Bill C-28 go through all the steps by tonight.
As with the House’s expedited process, the Senate’s motion calls for its Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to study and report on the matter by the March 2023 deadline.
The Senate later confirmed that the bill had received Royal Assent shortly after it was passed.
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The Criminal Code will now be amended to create criminal liability in violent crime cases where the defendant can prove that he was “in a state of extreme intoxication through negligence.”
It’s a response to a Supreme Court ruling in May that struck down similar language as unconstitutional.
Justice Minister David Lametti had called for it to be passed quickly so the legal loophole could be filled before Parliament rose for a summer recess.
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