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Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, takes part in a press conference in the House of Commons foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Conservative government and Mr. MacKay have reintroduced controversial elements of cyber-snooping Bill C-30 as part of the anti-cyberbullying Bill C-13
Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, takes part in a press conference in the House of Commons foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The Conservative government and Mr. MacKay have reintroduced controversial elements of cyber-snooping Bill C-30 as part of the anti-cyberbullying Bill C-13
(Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Tories’ 'high risk' law fuels prejudice for mental illness

The Conservative government is re-introducing the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act.

The proposed legislation has two principal provisions:

  • 1. It would allow for psychiatric patients who have been judged not criminally responsible (NCR) for actions that would otherwise be considered criminal acts to be labelled “high risk” to delay or prevent their discharge from treatment;
  • 2. It would allow for victims and their families to oppose the release of these patients and to be informed of their whereabouts when they are released.

Or, if you prefer the more formal and loaded language of Bill C-14 itself : “This enactment amends the mental disorder regime in the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act to specify that the paramount consideration in the decision-making process is the safety of the public and to create a scheme for finding that certain persons who have been found not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder are high-risk accused. It also enhances the involvement of victims in the regime and makes procedural and technical amendments.”