NEWS: NDP BILL WOULD PROTECT TRANSIT WORKERS

40th Parliament, 2nd Session
Bill C-314. Introduction and first reading

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-314, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (public transportation workers).

He said: Mr. Speaker, more and more serious incidents of violence toward transit workers are occurring across the country. We have seen incidents in Vancouver, Calgary, Mississauga, and Halifax. We have heard recently about a number of different incidents where bus drivers and transit workers have been assaulted.

This bill would create a new category within the Criminal Code that would ensure the protection of public transportation workers by creating a separate first degree murder offence and increasing the punishment for aggravated assault when a victim is a public transportation worker.

Every day the women and men who run our public transportation systems across the country do their utmost to make sure that Canadians arrive at work safely. We must ensure that their workplace is safe. That is why I am moving the bill today.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

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OTTAWA – Today, Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster) tabled a Private Member’s Bill that aims to reduce harm to transit workers across the country. An Act to amend the Criminal Code (public transportation workers) would provide increased protection to public transportation workers by creating a separate first degree murder offence and increasing the punishment for aggravated assault when the victim is a public transportation worker.

“This bill responds to an urgent need to protect public transportation workers by sending a clear message that Canadians will not tolerate any abuse or violence against the women and men who are responsible for this vital public service”, said Julian. “We have already had thousands of Canadians sign petitions to indicate their support for protecting transit workers on the job. We will keep this petition campaign going to push for the passage of this important bill.”

The original version of the bill was presented by Julian in the 39th Parliament; however, the bill was affected by the dissolution of Parliament before it could be adopted by the House of Commons.

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LE PROJET DE LOI NÉODÉMOCRATE VISE À PROTÉGER LES EMPLOYÉS DES TRANSPORTS EN COMMUN

OTTAWA – Peter Julian, député de Burnaby-New Westminster et porte-parole du NPD pour le commerce international, a déposé aujourd’hui à la Chambre des communes un projet de loi d’initiative parlementaire, Loi modifiant le Code criminel (employés des services de transport en commun). La loi vise à améliorer la protection accordée aux employés des services de transport en commun en créant l’infraction de meurtre au premier degré et en augmentant la peine pour voies de fait graves dans les cas où la victime est un employé d’un service de transport en commun.

« Ce projet de loi répond au besoin urgent de protéger les employés des transports en commun en faisant clairement savoir que les Canadiens n’acceptent pas que ces hommes et ces femmes qui assurent un service public essentiel fassent l’objet d’abus ou de violences. Des milliers de Canadiens ont déjà signé une pétition par laquelle ils appuient ce projet de loi visant à protéger les employés des transports en commun dans leur travail. Cette pétition continuera de circuler jusqu’à ce que ce projet de loi soit adopté. »

Une première version de ce projet de loi avait été présentée par le député Julian durant la 39e législature, mais le projet n’avait pu être adopté avant la dissolution du Parlement.