As reported by the National Post, votes took place Wednesday in the House of Commons justice committee.
The controversy was over the proposed “hybridization” of Criminal Code offences. What these do is reduce court delays by allowing prosecutors to choose a summary conviction, but that comes with a maximum sentence of two years less a day.
Bill C-75 brings in hybridization for dozens of offences, but that will no longer be the case for terrorist offences after the vote.
While the Liberal government said a summary conviction would be used for less serious cases, advocates urged the government to back off on certain crimes related to terrorism.
Liberal MP Colin Fraser said testimony from B’nai Brith and other groups swayed his party.
““I really think that (terrorism and genocide) are distinguishable from the other offences,” Fraser said. “It wasn’t political pressure, it was more just feeling it was the correct thing to do … This is an offence against a community of people, and it’s viewed as a crime against society as a whole. And obviously there’s a historical context to these sorts of offences that needs to be taken into account.”
In the end, however, the Trudeau government could restore all hybridization when the bill comes back from committee.