Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould's 302-page justice reform package is aimed at reducing court delays by 'streamlining' the bail system, restricting the option of preliminary inquiries to offences, and improving the jury selection process, among other things.
Conservative MP Michael Cooper, left, says Bill C-75 is 'irreparable,' and the government needs to return to the drawing board, but nonetheless he's drafted dozens of amendments to try to ameliorate it at committee stage. NDP MP Murray Rankin says he's also started a list of amendments to propose. The Hill Times file photographs
Amid a marathon House Justice Committee study, opposition MPs are preparing to introduce dozens of amendments to the Liberal government’s massive justice reform package, Bill C-75.
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Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.
One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.
A culmination of three years of work, the book takes stock of challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of Cabinet government, centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.
Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says he thinks the timing wasn't due to the federal government's framework on the Arctic and Canada's North being rushed, but rather waiting on territorial partners co-developing the package.