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Lawyers warn bill on fast track could have unanticipated fallout

Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

A federal government bill that further restricts the narrow defence of provocation to prevent its use in so-called “honour killing” cases is unnecessary and counterproductive, lawyers say.

At press time, the proposed Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act (S-7) was on a fast track to become law. It took barely a month to clear the Senate late last year and the committee on citizenship and immigration is expected to report the bill back for final Commons approval by the majority Conservatives before Parliament rises for...