In February 2012, LEAF and West Coast LEAF provided a submission to the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on Bill C-10: The Safe Streets and Communities Act.
The submission called on the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs to delay the passage of Bill C-10: The Safe Streets and Communities Act pending a full consideration of issues including:
- The impacts of the proposed legislation on women and Indigenous persons
- The unjustified financial costs the legislation would impose on provincial and territorial governments
- The critical importance of including « safety valve » provisions if the proposed mandatory minimums were to be enacted
The federal government’s obligations under s. 15 of the Charter meant that significant amendments to Bill C-10 were required before it could be passed into law. As written, Bill C-10 would have a discriminatory impact on already disadvantaged groups in Canada. Far from promoting substantive equality, the legislation would perpetuate the inequalities already experienced by those it targeted.
Download the submission below.2012-02-27-SUBMISSION-Bill-C-10-The-Safe-Schools-Communities-Act