BILL TO REMOVE EXTREME INTOXICATION AS LEGAL DEFENCE FOR VIOLENT CRIMES

Jun 17, 2022

By Christine Ross

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The Liberals are introducing a bill to remove extreme intoxication as a legal defence for violent crimes, after the Supreme Court struck down a similar provision last month.

Minister for Women and Gender Equality, Marci Ien, said theres been a lot of misinformation online about what the court decision means.

“The extreme intoxication they’re talking about is not about being drunk, it’s not about being high, the Supreme Court has clearly said that drunkenness is not a defense for crimes of violence including sexual assault,” said Ien.

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision found that convicting someone for how they behave when too intoxicated to stay in control, violates principles of fundamental justice.

Bill C-28 was introduced by Justice Minister David Lametti,

The section the court struck down had been added by the Liberal government of Jean Chretien in 1995, in response to a Supreme Court decision that acquitted a man of sexual assault because he was blackout drunk at the time of the offence.

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