Over the past few years, the federal government made a number of proposals for replacing the Young Offenders Act with a new Youth Criminal Justice Act. The first attempt at amending the Act was Bill C-3. ALS appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on March 1, 2000, to present our views on the bill.

Brief to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights (pdf)

Transcript of Committee Hearing Appearance (pdf)

Bill C-3 was replaced in 2001, by Bill C-7. The House of Commons did not hold hearings into the bill, as they felt it was similar to C-3. ALS appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on October 23, 2001, to put forward our concerns regarding the bill.

Transcript of Committee Hearing Appearance (pdf)

In both our submissions we stressed the need for the new Act to include provisions equivalent to section 718.2(e) of the Criminal Code - the Gladue section. This section was absent in both drafts of the bill. Thanks in part to our submissions the Senate amended the bill to include a section 718.2(e) section in the new Youth Criminal Justice Act.