The House of Commons today passed the Liberal government’s ‘extreme intoxication’ bill after agreeing yesterday to rush it through.
The Senate can now decide at any time to follow a similar process and pass Bill C-28 at all stages by unanimous motion.
But during a full committee on Tuesday evening to consider the substance of the bill, several senators raised serious concerns with Justice Minister David Lametti, expressing uncertainty about their willingness to approve it without further consideration.
The bill would amend the Criminal Code to create criminal liability for violent crimes where the offender can prove they were “in a state of extreme intoxication through negligence.”
The new wording would replace a similar provision that the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in May.
In its motion adopting the bill, the House agreed to stipulate that its justice committee would thoroughly study its implementation this fall, a decision that Lametti said is also available to senators.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 22, 2022.