“On the second year anniversary of October 19th election, I was profoundly honoured to mark the occasion with the tabling and presentation of my First Private Member’s Bill in the House of Commons, Bill C375 – An Act to Amend Section 721 – 3(a) of the Criminal Code.
Once it becomes a legislation, it will touch the lives of Canadians with histories of Mental Health in our justice system. Every year, one in five Canadians personally experiences mental health related problems. From my own personal experience, to the stories I hear every day in my community, I know that more should be done to address this issue.
I am pleased to dedicate this bill to the late Robert Velteer, Founding president of Home on the Hill Supportive Housing and an advocate for people struggling with mental health. Also, this bill is dedicated to Karen and Jefferey Costa and others in our community whose families and individual lives have been influenced by the effects of Mental Health related issues.
This bill mandates that, unless stated otherwise, when a pre-sentencing report is required by a court; in addition to such information as age, maturity, character, behaviour, attitude and willingness to make amends, information outlining any mental health disorders, as well as any mental health care programs available for the accused to be provided as part of their pre-sentencing report. This will ensures that these individuals are offered care and compassion in the process of their rehabilitation.
Today and every day, I extend my sincerest gratitude to the constituents in Richmond Hill who invested their trust in me. It has been a true honour and a privilege to represent you for the past two years.
Also, a big thank you to my friend and colleague, MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, for seconding this motion.”
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