Bill C-14 will help to fight the threats to Canadians posed by organized crime. One of the main purposes of the bill is to facilitate the battle against organized crime, and to that end, it amends the Criminal Code (the Code) in essentially three ways:
- It makes murders connected with organized crime activity (“for the benefit of, at the direction of or in association with a criminal organization”) automatically first-degree murders, irrespective of whether they are planned and deliberate (clause 5 of the bill).
- It creates three new offences:
- intentionally discharging a firearm while being reckless about endangering the life or safety of another person (clause 8 of the bill);
- assaulting with a weapon or causing bodily harm to a peace officer (clause 9 of the bill);
- or aggravated assault of a peace officer (clause 9 of the bill).
- It extends the maximum duration of a recognizance to two years for a person who has been previously convicted of a criminal organization offence, a terrorism offence or an offence of intimidating a justice system participant (clause 19 of the bill).