June 18, 2015 (41st Parliament, 2nd Session)

NDP

Charmaine Borg

New Democratic Party

Ms. Charmaine Borg (Terrebonneā€”Blainville, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate my colleague on her analysis of this extremely technical bill. She painted a very good picture of the problems we might face if we pass this bill hastily, particularly since no amendments were agreed to in committee.
I would also like to point out that this bill will be retroactive. It seems to me that we are seeing things that we have never seen before. The government seems to be setting a precedent with Bill C-59, which retroactively authorizes the destruction of the gun registry so that it will not be subject to the Access to Information Act. I am very concerned about the fact that the government realized something was illegal and chose to fix things by retroactively amending legislation. Consider a criminal who commits an offence: he cannot go back in time and change the law to make what he did legal.
I would like the member to comment on that.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Incorporation by Reference in Regulations Act
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