Thursday, February 09, 2012
The right to defend one' home even with deadly force has been acknowledge for centuries. In Canada you are as likely to be arrested as the criminal if you defend yourself, your family or children. I am glad the Tories are beginning to correct this. OTTAWA — Justice Minister Rob Nicholson is stressing that proposed changes to the federal citizen's arrest law do not signal an endorsement of vigilante justice. There appears to be all-party agreement that the Criminal Code needs to be updated to clarify when a person can detain someone committing a crime on their property and when they can use reasonable force to protect themselves. The high-profile, 2009 case of a Toronto shop owner charged after he detained a repeat shoplifter helped galvanize public opinion on changing the law. The Conservative government has introduced a bill that strips out hundred-year-old legal language and makes the Criminal Code easier to understand.