Jim Eglinski, MP for Yellowhead, Introduces his first Private Members’ Bill
December 10, 2015
OTTAWA: Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, rose in the House today to introduce his first Private Members’ Bill, C-206, ‘An Act to amend the Criminal Code (abuse of vulnerable persons)’
“Mr. Speaker, as this is the first time I rise in the 42nd Parliament, I would like to congratulate all my fellow members of Parliament from across Canada and yourself, sir, for being elected as our Speaker. I would like to thank the constituents of my great riding for putting their support behind me to be their representative here in Ottawa.
I am pleased to stand in the House today to table my first private member’s bill, an ‘Act to amend the Criminal Code (abuse of vulnerable persons)’. The bill would amend section 718.2 of the Criminal Code by making tougher penalties for an offender who knows or reasonably should know that a person is an elder or other vulnerable person wilfully exploits or takes advantage of that person through financial, physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
My private member’s bill would bring further protection to seniors and other vulnerable persons to ensure that they may live in dignity and security and be free of exploitation.
In my 35 years in law enforcement, this is one of the worst types of crime that we see in this nation. It happens from sea-to-sea-to-sea, where people take advantage of our seniors and vulnerable persons who are handicapped, etc. We need to make sure that people who do these hideous types of crime pay a greater penalty.”