Ottawa, ON -Law enforcement agencies across the country have a new tool to combat the rapid growth of street gangs in their communities, a bill introduced by MP Parm Gill designed to target those who recruit new members received royal ascent today. ”I am overwhelmed by the support this bill has received, both inside the House, and from organizations across the country,” said MP Gill. “With the passage of this bill, we will be able to better protect our youth from gangs, and punish those who have trapped our youth in this life of violence and criminal activity.”
MP Gill’s bill creates a criminal offence for the recruitment or solicitation of individuals into a criminal organization or gang. The Bill establishes a penalty of up to 5 years imprisonment for recruitment, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 6 months imprisonment proposed for those who recruit persons under the age of 18 years old. Gangs have made use of youth members in the trafficking of drugs and weapons, due to the comparably lighter sentences given to youth.
”Youth, our most innocent and vulnerable citizens, are being manipulated, coerced and at times forced to embark on a lifethat no Canadian should ever experience by criminal organizations and gangs. As a proud father of 3 children I am overwhelmed by the passage of this legislation and to know that thisbill will protect our children and punish those who seek to harm ourchildren by bring them into a life of crime,” concluded MP Gill.