Stopping Bail for Career Criminals

Today, when judges make decisions on whether or not to grant bail they do not always know the prior criminal history of the accused standing before them. This has taken on more importance since the St.Albert incident where two peace officers were ambushed by a career criminal who should have been in jail awaiting his next court appearance instead of out on bail in the community.

S-217 was proposed by a Conservative Senator and championed by conservative MPs to close a loophole in a section of the criminal code that makes it optional to present the criminal history of an accused. It would have saved Constable Wynn's life and avoided serious injuries to Auxiliary Constable Derek Bond.

Should judges be told whether an accused has a prior criminal record before deciding whether to give bail?