New FASD Private Member’s Bill-583 being introduced

FASD BIll C-583
We were just made aware of a new private member’s bill; C-583: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder) that is being introduced by Yukon MP Ryan Leef.

The bill seeks to amend the criminal code by defining FASD, permits the courts to order assessments and would allow a court to consider it as a mitigating factor in sentencing if certain factors contribute to the offence.

Ryan Leef has an extensive background working in the justice system both in policing and corrections, and has seen first-hand, the associated challenges and inequities faced by people living with FASD at all stages of the justice system It is time to provide the courts with the right tools and flexibility to appropriately reflect the realities of this disorder.

For more information, please contact Ryan Leef’s office 613 995-9368 or email: Ryan.Leef@parl.gc.ca