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Ottawa pushes controversial trafficking bill

Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

The federal government is moving to proclaim an inert Conservative-era human trafficking law containing a rebuttable evidentiary presumption of guilt that the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) contends is “likely unconstitutional” and should be scrapped.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould maintains she has carved away the unconstitutional elements of Bill C-452 — the 20-month-old unproclaimed Criminal Code amendments her government moved to extract this month from legislative limbo.

In particular, the Liberals have not moved to proclaim the law’s requirement to run the mandatory minimum penalties (MMPs) for...