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Senate dumps random breath testing, sets stage for showdown with Commons

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 8:03 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

In a dramatic tie vote, the Senate has removed mandatory alcohol screening (MAS) from the Trudeau government’s impaired driving bill (Bill C-46) — a controversial move pushed for by many lawyers’ groups that also sets the stage for a showdown between the red chamber and the House of Commons.

Following vigorous, and occasionally heated, debate over the constitutionality of MAS (better known to lawyers as random breath testing (RBT), on June 12 the Senate split down the middle — voting 38-38 with three abstentions. Those divisions...