OTTAWA, May 5, 2010 – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Mr. Daniel Petit, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Charlesbourg–Haute-Saint-Charles announced that legislation was re-introduced in the Senate today proposing tougher penalties for drug crimes. The bill specifically targets gangs and other organized criminal groups who participate in the illegal drug trade.
"Illicit drug production is the most significant source of
money for gangs and organized crime in Canada," said Minister Nicholson.
legislation is essential to assist law enforcement agencies in cracking
down on drug producers and dealers who threaten the safety of our
children, neighbourhoods and communities.”
The legislation proposes mandatory jail time for offenders when, for example:
“Our Government’s message is clear: drug lords should
pay with jail time,” said Mr Petit.
can count on us to continue standing up for law-abiding citizens.
We will denounce any tactics that may weaken or obstruct this important
Backgrounder: Penalties for organized drug crime act