MP Gerald Soroka Introduces Noah’s Law in the House of Commons
OTTAWA: MP Gerald Soroka, Conservative Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, moved for leave to introduce Bill C-336, Strengthening Reporting Requirements for Sex Offenders Act (Noah’s Law). He said:
“Mr. Speaker, I would like to present my first Private Member’s Bill, entitled Strengthening Reporting Obligations for Sex Offenders Act, (Noah’s Law), which is seconded by the Member for Battle River—Crowfoot.
This bill will empower vulnerable people, such as women and children, by legislating highly-likely repeat sex offenders’ compliance with conditions outlined under the Sex Offender Information Registration Act, (SOIRA), under court orders.
For most people, September 16, 2021, was an uneventful day, but for Cody McConnell, his life was destroyed by a tragic event when his 24-year-old fiancé, Mchale Busch, and his 16-month-old son, Noah McConnell, were
murdered by a 53-year-old registered sex offender who was deemed highly likely to reoffend. Because of this horrible and devastating event, Cody McConnell does not want anyone else to experience what he went through and still endures every day.
Noah’s law would allow a court to order highly-likely-to-repeat offenders to comply with SOIRA for 30 years to protect the public, complete a sexual behaviour rehabilitation/treatment program before the termination of the order, increase the frequency of reporting to a registration centre before moving to a new address and make it an offence if offenders fail to report to a registration centre in accordance with SOIRA.
I would like to acknowledge Laura MacRae, the lawyer and family friend of Cody McConnell who drafted Noah’s law. I am also extremely pleased to have Senator Boisvenu introduce Noah’s Law into the Senate tomorrow afternoon.
I would like to acknowledge the Member for Red Deer—Lacombe for supporting Noah’s law by sponsoring petition e-4460. The petition has only been online for just over a week and already has over 1,100 signatures.
My heart goes out to Cody McConnell and his family and friends. Mchale Busch and Noah McConnell have not been forgotten. Their deaths should lead to meaningful change within Canada’s criminal justice system so that no other family will have to go through a tragedy like this again, and this bill will do just that. MPs and senators should quickly pass this bill.
I would also like to thank Cody McConnell and his family and friends who came from Alberta to join us today.”
Introduction of Noah’s Law in the House of Commons
Bill C-336, Strengthening Reporting Obligations for Sex Offenders Act (Noah’s Law)
Online Petition for Noah’s Law (e-4460)
The Noah’s Law website