MP Dreeshen Thanks Senator Dagenais for his Work on Bill C-444

November 22, 2013

RED DEER - Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer expresses his gratitude to the Honourable Senator Jean-Guy Dagenais for sponsoring Private Members Bill C-444 in the Senate of Canada.

Dreeshen's bill had its first allotted debate in the Senate on Thursday and the Member of Parliament for Red Deer said he is extremely grateful for the introduction it was given by sponsoring Senator Dagenais, a veteran Quebec police officer.

"Senator Dagenais has a wealth of experience in justice issues and I am extremely honoured that he is sponsoring my bill in the Senate," he said.

Dreeshen introduced Bill C-444, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code, on September 27, 2012. The purpose of the bill is to establish that personating a peace officer or a public officer to commit another offence shall be considered by a court to be an aggravating circumstance. Personating an officer is currently punishable up to a maximum of five years imprisonment under Section 130 of the Criminal Code. Aggravating circumstances cause judges to impose longer sentences up to respective maximums.

Dreeshen has passionately spoken many times in the House of Commons in support of victims of crime and of the importance of persevering the public’s respect and compliance for officers. His determination and hard work resulted in Bill C-444 being passed through the House of Commons with all-party support.

The bill has now passed to the Senate for review and study. “I am confident that the Senate will also see the merit in passing this bill into law,” concluded Dreeshen.

When it is passed, Bill C-444 will be one of a select few Private Member’s Bills in history to change the Criminal Code of Canada.

The complete text of the bill and its proceedings can be found at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=5580878&View=0