May 16, 2023
Canada’s Police Associations Welcome Government of Canada Action on Bail Reform
OTTAWA –Associations representing Canada’s front-line law enforcement personnel released a joint statement today, welcoming the introduction of Bill C-48 (An Act to Amend the Criminal Code – Bail Reform), by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. The full statement issued by the Canadian Police Association is attached below.
“Our members have seen first-hand the tragic results that can happen when repeat violent offenders are continuously released without concern for the impact that has on community safety. Over the past 8 months, the policing community, and all Canadians have mourned the loss of too many murdered police officers. In December, we persevered through the tragic loss of Ontario Provincial Police Constable Grzegorz (Greg) Pierzchala and now another heartbreaking funeral being held this week for Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Eric Mueller. Our members appreciate the virtually unprecedented consensus that formed calling for concrete action on bail reform, and we’re glad to see the government has responded with the introduction of Bill C-48. We look forward to working with all stakeholders and Parliamentarians to see this legislation pass quickly.” – John Cerasuolo, President, Ontario Provincial Police Association.