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MPs approve in principle judges' training bill

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 19 Oct, 2020
  • MPs approve in principle judges' training bill

The House of Commons has unanimously approved in principle — for the third time a bill that would require judges to commit to take training in sexual assault law.

Bill C-3 will now be scrutinized by the Commons justice committee, which could yet propose amendments.

The proposed legislation originated as a private member's bill from former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose, which the Liberal government supported.

It was unanimously approved by the Commons but stalled in the Senate and died when Parliament was dissolved for last fall's election.

The Liberals revived it as a government bill earlier this year; it won unanimous support in principle and was under study by the justice committee when the Commons was adjourned in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That bill ultimately died when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prorogued Parliament in August but has now been resurrected once again.

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