It’s been almost two years since RCMP Const. David Wynn was shot and killed by career criminal Shawn Rhen, who was out on bail at the time. None of Rhen’s criminal past was presented in his bail hearing.
Bill C-686, better known as Wynn’s Law looks to make it mandatory for the Crown to present an accused’s full criminal record, failures to appear in court, and any and all outstanding charges during a bail hearing.
The bill passed through the senate on Thursday with 40 senators supporting the bill.
St. Albert MP Michael Cooper will present the bill in the House of Commons on Monday. A new policy also goes into effect making it mandatory for crown prosecutors to attend bail hearings, which sometimes were only attended by police officers.
While Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says this may cost up to $6 million and could lead to a back log in bail hearings, many people including his widow contend that Const. David Wynn would still be alive if the practice were in place two years ago.