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JUST Committee Report

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Bill C-247, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (passive detection device)
In accordance with its Order of Reference of Wednesday, September 28, 2017, your Committee has considered Bill C-247, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (passive detection device), and agreed on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, to report to the following:
While the intent behind Bill C-247 is commendable, the Committee concluded, based on the evidence gathered during its study, that the costs of introducing such devices and the time and resources required for developing the appropriate testing mechanisms for them outweigh the potential benefits. The Committee also noted that passive detection devices have not yet been submitted for approval by the Alcohol Test Committee and that questions remain regarding their reliability, particularly in the Canadian climate.
Recognizing the need to improve detection of impairment while driving, either by drugs or alcohol, and to ensure a comprehensive solution to the problem, the Committee requests that the Government consider introducing legislation on this topic at the earliest opportunity.
Therefore, pursuant to Standing Order 97.1, the Committee recommends that the House of Commons not proceed further with Bill C-247, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (passive detection device).
A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 28, 29 and 45) is tabled.