The federal government has introduced long-awaited amendments to Canada’s bail system.
Justice Minister David Lametti tabled Bill C-48 in Parliament on Tuesday.
If passed, the bill would amend the Criminal Code to create a reverse onus provision for a variety of offences, which the country’s 13 premiers and territorial leaders have been calling on for months.
Those include repeat offenders, specific firearm offences, and intimate partner violence.
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The bill would also require the court to consider if an accused person has any previous convictions involving violence and to include in the record a statement that the safety and security of the community was considered.