Tracey debates Bill C-46 An Act to Amend the Criminal Code

Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, NDP):

Madam Speaker, the Conservatives' law-and-order approach over the last 10 years has not worked in Canada. Charges for impaired driving actually went up under the Conservative government. Despite the longer sentences that were introduced in 2008, Statistics Canada noted in 2011, “The rate of impaired driving increased for the fourth time in five years,...and was at its highest point in a decade.” We are dealing with systems that have not worked to stop this level of impaired driving in Canada.

The member talked about testing and I heard Conservatives in the House today talk about the fact that there are no good tests for marijuana-impaired driving. MADD Canada has endorsed the idea of per se limits, but I wonder if the member agrees with me that testing and per se limits should be based on a scientific approach.