Mike Lake, MP for Edmonton – Mill Woods – Beaumont is scheduled to speak in the House of Commons this evening, June 5th at 6:05 pm EST, for second reading of his Private Member’s Bill C-423.
“It is becoming increasingly evident that youth addiction and youth crime are often interconnected,” Mr. Lake explains. “We need to take concrete steps to address this serious issue.”
Mr. Lake’s Bill has two aspects. First, it will add ‘referral to substance abuse treatment’ to the list of extrajudicial measures available to police officers when dealing with young persons, particularly first-time offenders accused of committing non-violent offences. Second, if a young person referred to a treatment program does not complete it, the police officer may initiate judicial proceedings.
“The purpose of the bill is to get our young people the help they need – sometimes when they have not yet come to a place where they realize they need it,” said Mr. Lake.