A bill, prompted by the death of an Alberta RCMP constable, is going before the House of Commons Monday afternoon and, if it passes, it will ensure judges have all the facts before releasing dangerous criminals on bail.
Back in January of last year, Const. David Wynn was investigating a stolen vehicle complaint with another member when he was fatally shot by 34 year old Shawn Rehn in St. Albert.
Rehn fled the scene, leading to a nine-hour manhunt that ended with the discovery of his body at a nearby residence.
Earlier this year St. Albert MP Michael Cooper, who will present the bill, said Const. Wynn would still be alive if the judge who let Rehn out on bail had known about his nearly 60 convictions. Rehn’s criminal history wasn’t presented at his bail hearing.
The bill looks to make it mandatory for the Crown to present a person’s full criminal record, failures to appear in court and outstanding charges during a bail hearing.