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Minutes of Proceedings
Iqra Khalid moved, — That the Committee, pursuant to Standing Order 97.1, recommend that the House of Commons do not proceed further with Bill C-242, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (inflicting torture), because:
While the principle is laudable, the amendments proposed by the Bill may be redundant in light of existing Criminal Code provisions. These provisions can be used to deal with even the most serious forms of torture by private individuals;
The existing offences of aggravated assault and aggravated sexual assault are specifically intended to respond to the most heinous types of non-homicidal conduct;
There would be better ways to ensure that judges clearly have the authority under section 718.2 of the Criminal Code to consider torturous conduct; and
That the Chair present this report to the House.
The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 9; NAYS: 0.
It was agreed, — That the Committee send a letter to the Minister of Justice with regard to the issues raised by Bill C-242 for inclusion in the review of the Criminal Code.
At 11:12 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.