The Government of Saskatchewan has proposed changes to civil forfeiture laws.
Modifications to the Seizure of Criminal Property Act will expand the number of crimes covered, those being:
- Property that was previously subject to a community safety order under The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act
- Vehicle owners with a history of impaired driving suspensions
- Gang or terrorist activity involving prohibited and restricted firearms
- Matters involving sexual offences, including sexual offences with child victims
As it relates to impaired driving, Minister of Corrections and Policing Christine Tell did express doubt one instance will result in the owners vehicle being made available for civil forfeiture.
“I would suggest that it would be a habitual offender. Because once, I can’t see that happening.”
Tell said these changes will broaden what can be done and, in turn, provide support to those who have been victims of criminal activity.
The Official Opposition NDP’critic for the file Nicole Sarauer admitted she did need to read more on this, but doesn’t believe the proposed changes will address Saskachewan’s rural crime problem.
“They (the government) should be looking at a comprehensive crystal meth strategy, to start off with.”