CADA Praises Newly-Tabled Federal Legislation to Address Vehicle Theft

    OTTAWA, April 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Automobile Dealers
Association (CADA) today applauds the Honourable Rob Nicholson, the Minister
of Justice, on the tabling of new legislation designed to stop vehicle thieves
in their tracks.
    "The problem of stolen vehicles and the injustice done against
hard-working Canadians by elements of organized crime 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 Bill Taylor, Chairman 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
to specifically 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' is being given teeth, with those convicted serving up to six months
in prison for repeat offences," stated Mr. Taylor. "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. According to data gathered by
the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the most stolen cars of 2008 include 2-door
coupes, mini vans, and luxury roadsters. The theft of these types of vehicles
helps to fuel organized crime through the sale of parts or through shipping
and resale in foreign markets.
    "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 Taylor.

    The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) is the national
association for franchised automobile dealerships that sell new cars and
trucks. Our 3,500 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.

For further information:

For further information: Kate Poirier, CADA Public Affairs, (613)
230-2079, Cell: (613) 889-3846,

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