B.C. NDP leader weighs-in on MLA Pimm's Charter statement

B.C. NDP Leader Carole James says many Peace Region residents don’t agree with North Peace MLA Pat Pimm’s statement on the Charter of Rights.

Earlier this week, James met with Fort St. John city council members, to discuss current issues in the City.

In a telephone interview on Monday morning, James said she spoke with many residents who disagree with Pimm’s original comments that he doesn’t think the Charter is a good document.

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On Wednesday’s Issues and Answers, Pimm will offer a clarification to his comments made on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on October 29th.

That day, Pimm made a speech on Bill 14, otherwise known as the Housing and Social Development Statutes Amendment Act, 2009. In his address in the legislature, Pimm said he doesn’t think the Charter is good document whatsoever, and that for 99 per cent of the people out there, that document doesn’t need to exist.

But, Pimm wants to clarify that statement, saying that it was misinterpreted by the media. He says while he thinks the Charter is a good document for Canada, he doesn’t believe that criminals should be able to hide behind it.

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Pimm says while the Charter of Rights is a vital document, Canadians’ rights have always been protected by the Canadian Constitution, long before the Charter was ever dreamt about.

For the complete interview, listen to Moose FM’s Issues and Answers this Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.

For a video of Pimm’s original speech, click here.