Min­is­ter says im­paired driv­ing bill would not vi­o­late char­ter

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - JOANNA SMITH

OT­TAWA — De­mand­ing a breath sam­ple from a mo­torist is no dif­fer­ent than ask­ing for their li­cence and reg­is­tra­tion, Canada’s jus­tice min­is­ter ar­gued Thurs­day as the fed­eral Lib­eral gov­ern­ment de­fended its pro­posed new crack­down on im­paired driv­ing.

Jody Wil­son-Ray­bould tabled a so-called “char­ter state­ment” in the House com­pris­ing ar­gu­ments why the gov­ern­ment be­lieves the mea­sures are per­mis­si­ble un­der the Char­ter of Rights and Free­doms.

“The Supreme Court of Canada has rec­og­nized as rea­son­able the au­thor­ity, un­der pro­vin­cial law and com­mon law, of po­lice of­fi­cers to stop ve­hi­cles at ran­dom to en­sure that driv­ers are li­censed and in­sured, that the ve­hi­cle is me­chan­i­cally fit, and to check for so­bri­ety,” Wil­son-Ray­bould’s state­ment says.

“The in­for­ma­tion re­vealed from a breath sam­ple is, like the pro­duc­tion of a driver’s li­cence, sim­ply in­for­ma­tion about whether a driver is com­ply­ing with one of the con­di­tions im­posed in the highly reg­u­lated con­texts of driv­ing.”

The new manda­tory al­co­hol screen­ing mea­sures would mean po­lice could de­mand a breath sam­ple from any driver they stop — even if they had no sus­pi­cion the per­son had been drink­ing.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.