Blaine Calkins MP March Report: Sébastien’s Law

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. That is the approach our Government is taking to reforming the youth criminal justice system — one step at a time.

The Minister of Justice introduced changes to the Youth Criminal Justice Act in the House of Commons that are focused on those under the age of 18 who are a danger to themselves and to society.

The legislation (Bill C-4) will give Canadians greater confidence that violent and repeat young offenders will be held accountable. It will help ensure that the protection of society is given due consideration in sentencing these offenders.

The bill is entitled Sébastien’s Law in memory of Sébastien Lacasse and to honour the dedication of his parents. Sébastien was 19 when he was stabbed to death by a 17 year old at a house party in 2004. The Lacasse family and other courageous families have worked tirelessly as advocates for the rights of victims, to make a difference in the lives of others. In bringing forward this bill we are acknowledging all Canadian families who have lost loved ones in crimes involving youth violence.

Canadians lose confidence in the justice system when a sentence is insufficient to hold an offender accountable for his or her actions, or insufficient to protect society. This loss of confidence is often most notable in cases of violent and repeat offences and in cases involving young offenders.

The proposed amendments to the young offenders legislation would:

• make protection of society the primary goal;

• simplify the rules to keep violent and repeat young offenders off the streets while awaiting trial, when necessary to protect society.

• require the courts to consider adult sentences for youth convicted of the most serious crimes – murder, attempted murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault.

• enable the courts to impose more appropriate sentences on other violent and repeat offenders, as necessary in individual cases – to use existing sanctions in a way that would discourage an individual from offending again; to use a pattern of escalating criminal activity to seek a custodial sentence when necessary; to impose a custodial sentence for reckless behaviour that puts the lives and safety of others at risk; and

• require the courts to consider publishing the name of a violent young offender when necessary for the protection of society.

These amendments will help ensure that the protection of society is given due consideration in sentencing these offenders. The legislation would also ensure that offenders under the age of 18 who are sentenced to custody will be placed in youth facilities only, even if they receive an adult sentence.

Please contact my Constituency office for assistance or for information on federally related matters, postage free at: #6, 4612 – 50th Street, Ponoka, T4J 1S7 (403) 783-5530; toll free: 1-800-665-0865 or visit my website:

Just Posted

Four-car crash, including RCMP vehicle, on Highway 2

Two sheriff’s vehicles were also involved in the collision that closed down one lane

Emergency crews attend two vehicle collision west of Ponoka

There were minor injuries from the incident, however, a dog died as a result.

Speed zone changes hoped for at three entrances to Ponoka

Council makes several requests of Alberta Transportation regarding highway speeds

Ponoka offering up leftover fire inventory to Ponoka County

Trucks already sold by town, remaining equipment to be sold or donated

Ponoka mayor denies allegations of conflict

A Ponoka resident maintains Mayor Rick Bonnett has taken work on the new town hall

WATCH: Lightning over Ponoka

A Ponoka News reader sent us this short video of the lightning early Wednesday morning over Ponoka

Ex-Raptor DeMar DeRozan says goodbye to Toronto on Instagram

The guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

Watch: Westerner Days in full swing

The heat and the thunderstorms didn’t stop anybody

Cigarette packs with graphic images, blunt warnings are effective: focus groups

Warnings considered effective flag ailments smoking can cause, like colorectal and stomach cancers

Canada’s title hopes quashed at Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco

On the men’s side, Canada was eliminated in the round of 16 as they were shut out by Argentina 28-0

Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

Alexander Gerst becomes an astronaut musician with live performance from International Space Station

Four people taken by STARS to Edmonton

Blackfalds RCMP investigates single vehicle rollover south of Hwy 11A

The Expo Wheel ride a no-go at Westerner Days

Red Deerians take in Westerner Days all week long

Trump was taped talking of paying Playboy model: AP source

Source says former personal lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded discussion prior to 2016 election

Most Read