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Bill C-46 - Changes to Impaired Driving Laws


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FULL TITLE: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

This bill was introduced in the 42nd Parliament, 1st session December 3, 2015 - Present

SPONSOR: Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada - Introduced as a House Government Bill

SUMMARY: Part 1 amends the provisions of the Criminal Code that deal with offences and procedures relating to drug-impaired driving. Among other things, the amendments

 (a) enact new criminal offences for driving with a blood drug concentration that is equal to or higher than the permitted concentration;

 (b) authorize the Governor in Council to establish blood drug concentrations; and

 (c) authorize peace officers who suspect a driver has a drug in their body to demand that the driver provide a sample of a bodily substance for analysis by drug screening equipment that is approved by the Attorney General of Canada.

Part 2 repeals the provisions of the Criminal Code that deal with offences and procedures relating to conveyances, including those provisions enacted by Part 1, and replaces them with provisions in a new Part of the Criminal Code that, among other things,

 (a) re-enact and modernize offences and procedures relating to conveyances;

 (b) authorize mandatory roadside screening for alcohol;

 (c) establish the requirements to prove a person’s blood alcohol concentration; and

 (d) increase certain maximum penalties and certain minimum fines.

Part 3 contains coordinating amendments and the coming into force provision.

STATUS:

HOUSE OF COMMONS:

Introduction and First Reading Apr13,2017

Second Reading and Referral to Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights May31, 2017

Adopted by Committee Oct 4, 2017

Committee Reporting the Bill with Amendments Oct 16, 2017

Concurrence at Report Stage Oct 25, 2017

Third Reading Oct 31, 2017

SENATE:

First Reading Nov 1, 2017

Second Reading and Referral to Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Dec 14, 2017

Text of the Bill: Latest Publication


Source: Parliament of Canada


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