There Are Problems With Bill C-51 - My Evidence at the House of Commons


Our federal government recently introduced amendments to the Criminal Code. These amendments are embodied in Bill C-51, which seeks to expand existing rape-shield provisions and provide broader rights to victims in the course of criminal proceedings. 

While the spirit of this bill is commendable. The goals it seeks to achieve are valid. I want to like it. I want to support it. But sadly, I cannot. 

Bill C-51 will not only compromise the rights of an accused person at trial, it will also create systemic delays that will frustrate its very purpose. Perhaps most disturbingly, though, is that it is likely to have the unintended affect of further marginalizing already marginalized individuals. 

In October, I was invited to Ottawa to appear before the House of Commons and advise MPs on some of my concerns with this Bill.  

To learn more, listen to the proceedings here.

Sarah Leamon