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Government following BC Greens lead with Criminal Notoriety Bill

Media Release: April 25, 2016
Andrew Weaver – Government following BC Greens lead with Criminal Notoriety Bill
For Immediate Release

Victoria B.C. – Today the government introduced Bill 24 the Criminal Notoriety Act, which mirrors a Bill introduced earlier in the session by Andrew Weaver, Leader of the B.C. Green Party and MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

“I was pleasantly surprised this morning when the Minister for Public Safety stood up and introduced essentially the same the Bill that I introduced in February,” says Weaver. “It’s important that we close this gap in legislation and make sure criminals cannot profit from recounting their crimes.”

Andrew Weaver introduced his Private Member’s Bill intituled Profits of Criminal Notoriety Act on Feb. 25. The new bill introduced today is intituled Bill 24 – Profits of Criminal Notoriety Act.

“This is an example of good public policy, it’s common-sense legislation that British Columbians want no matter their political preference, which is why I introduced it in the first place,” says Weaver. “British Columbians want to see politicians working together for the common interest.”

“I hope the government also takes a close look at the legislation brought forward by MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert which brings clear language into the Human Rights Code protecting and celebrating transgender individuals. This is another example of something we can, and should, all stand together to support.”

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2 Comments

  1. Patricia Ray-
    April 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    My question is: Why is this bill coming out under Liberal banner rather than credit being given where it is due to the Private Member’s bill introduced by Andrew Weaver on February 25 titled “Profits of Criminal Notoriety Act”

    • April 28, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      What needs to change in this legislature is the way that bills are brought in. Opposition members should have access to legislative drafters. We don’t. So if a bill were to go through (this the third of mine to have done so), it would need to be checked with all existing legislation. I don’t have a problem with government doing this. I care more about them doing it rather than how they do it.