May 13, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON — Today, Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola, introduced private members’ legislation which will further protect Canadians in their times of need.
“As we have seen in New Brunswick, Quebec, and the Ottawa region over the last number of weeks, Canadians stand with our neighbours in times of crisis. This sense of community is part of what makes our country the best place in the world to live,” said MP Albas. “However, some people use disasters as an opportunity to abuse that trust and prey on the vulnerable through theft and looting.”
If passed, Bill C-447, Act to Amend the Criminal Code (aggravating circumstance – evacuation order or emergency), would allow judges to take into account natural disasters, emergencies and evacuation orders when sentencing criminals by adding them to the list of aggravating factors.
“During a flood or forest fire, Canadians need to be focused on their family’s health and safety, not worried about their home being looted or vandalized while they are away,” said MP Albas. “Far too many people don’t listen to evacuation orders because they are concerned about their property. Hopefully, all parties can support this common-sense change so that we can give that crucial peace of mind to Canadians in their time of need.”
MP Albas continued, “I would also like to thank Jeremy Roberts, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, for his work and collaboration on this important legislation.”
For more information contact:
Office of Dan Albas, MP