MP Gill’s Anti-Gang Recruitment Bill Passed
“A new tool to combat the threat posed by gangs in our communities.”
By A Correspondent
Law enforcement agencies across the country will soon have a new tool to combat the rapid growth of street gangs in their communities, after the House of Commons voted to pass a bill introduced by MP Parm Gill designed to target those who recruit new members.
“I am overwhelmed by the support this bill has received, both inside the House, and from organizations across the country,” said MP Gill. “With the passage of this bill, we will be able to better protect our youth from gangs, and punish those who have trapped our youth in this life of violence and criminal activity.”
The Bill passed Third Reading by a vote of 240-36, and will now be sent to the Senate, before receiving Royal Ascent & becoming law. The Government of Canada has pledged its full support for MP Gill’s bill, which has also received praise from police organizations & community groups from across Canada.
MP Gill’s bill creates a criminal offence for the recruitment or solicitation of individuals into a criminal organization or gang. The Bill establishes a penalty of up to 5 years imprisonment for recruitment, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 6 months imprisonment proposed for those who recruit persons under the age of 18 years old. Gangs have made use of youth members in the trafficking of drugs & weapons, due to the comparably lighter sentences given to youth.
“Youth, our most innocent and vulnerable citizens, are being manipulated, coerced and at times forced to embark on a life that no Canadian should ever experience by criminal organizations and gangs,” said MP Gill.
“With this vote, our Government has made it clear that gangs have no place in our communities, and that we will no longer allow them to exploit our youth to further their criminal acts.”