CADA Calls for Speedy Passage of Federal Legislation to Address Vehicle Theft

OTTAWA, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) today applauded the Honourable Rob Nicholson, the Minister of Justice, on the tabling of new legislation designed to stop vehicle thieves in their tracks. The Government legislation "Tackling Auto Theft and Property Crime Act", was introduced in the Senate after the Bill died on the order paper in the last Parliament.

"This legislation is a ground breaking effort to solve the problem of stolen vehicles and attack organized crime in Canada. The high rate of stolen vehicles in Canada is an injustice done against hard-working Canadians by elements of organized crime and has gone on for too long. This legislation will go a long way towards protecting car owners, and will make a strong impact on criminals who have profited from exploiting them," stated, Richard Gauthier, President and CEO of CADA.

CADA has been working hard for over a decade to raise awareness surrounding the issue of vehicle theft, and has long advocated for legislation specifically to address this problem. The federal government's plan to address auto theft echoes CADA's concerns, and displays the government's understanding of how auto theft serves as the engine of organized crime.

"I am impressed at how creating a new offence for 'theft of a motor vehicle' has been given teeth, with those convicted serving up to six months in prison for repeat offences," stated Mr. Gauthier. "This package treats the crime with the seriousness it deserves."

CADA has long highlighted the role organized crime plays in stealing new Canadian vehicles for export around the globe. It has also emphasized how car theft affects vehicle owners of all backgrounds.

"This legislative action plan will protect Canadians from an offence that has for years left far too many individuals, families, and businesses victimized by organized criminals. By giving law enforcement officers the tools they need to be effective, the government is displaying the leadership that Canadians need to fight back against organized crime," concluded Gauthier.

The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) is the national association for franchised automobile dealerships that sell new cars and trucks. Our 3,000 dealers represent a key sector of Canada's economy. Through our dealers, we are represented in nearly every community and those dealers collectively employ over 140,000 people across the country.

SOURCE Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA)

For further information: For further information: Huw Williams, CADA Public Affairs, Phone: (613) 230-2079, Email: huw@cada.ca

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