“Today my Private Members Bill C-235, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (fetal alcohol disorder), was defeated in a free vote in the House of Commons. Although the outcome is disappointing, it has generated conversations around the country and across party lines, and raised awareness of this invisible disability.
Bill C-235 received support from 133 of my colleagues from both sides of the floor. I am hopeful that although we did not get the outcome we wanted more will be done in the Department of Justice to help FASD victims as part of the Government’s review of the criminal code. We have put the file on the radar of cabinet and can be proud of the progress we made.
I would like to thank the Canadian Bar Association, countless advocacy organizations, lawyers, and FASD support workers across the country that wrote in support of the Bill and lobbied MPs to support it. I especially want to thank the individuals who came forward to share their personal experiences with loved ones who suffer from FASD.
I will continue to fight for a fairer Criminal Justice System for those with FASD.”
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