Mr. Girve Fretz (Erie):
Madam Speaker, I rise, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, on a motion of urgent and pressing necessity.
Given the fact that Canadian chiefs of police are concerned about leniency in sentencing for drug offences, a perception borne out by statistics which showed that in 1978 there were 20! convictions for trafficking or for purposes of trafficking in heroin, yet only 18 of those convicted received sentences of over five years and only three received sentences of over ten years; five years earlier, however-in 1973-there were 524 similar convictions for heroin and that year 211 of those convicted were sentenced to terms of over five years, 61 of which were over ten years and seven were given a life sentence, 1 move, seconded by the hon. member for Esquimalt-Saanich (Mr. Munro):
That this House urge the Minister of Justice to make a full report to the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs on the prosecutions, convictions and sentencing for trafficking or possession for the purposes of trafficking in heroin, and the advisability of greater minimum sentences for such offences.
Sub-subtopic: PROSECUTIONS, CONVICTIONS AND SENTENCES FOR TRAFFICKING IN HEROIN-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43