March 7, 2011 (40th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Derek Lee (Interjection)


Mr. Derek Lee

Mr. Speaker, it is true that the government is not the only party in the House that has spent time on this file. I personally have spent quite a few hours on this file both downtown, in my office, on the phone, et cetera.
However, I would respond with one caution, and that is this. In attempting to codify, to define the common-law rights of self-defence in the way it has, by putting conditions and provisos in particular circumstances and situations, the government may actually be shrinking the rights of self-defence without knowing it. This is what we have to turn our minds to. In my view, it is an unnecessary Criminal Code amendment. The rationale for it is yet unclear.
I am looking forward to hearing those answers in due course.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Citizen's Arrest and Self-defence Act
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