UPDATE: Lauzon's private member's bill being debated as MPs return to House

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MP Guy Lauzon

The House of Commons returns to work following the summer break, and MP Guy Lauzon's crime bill is expected to be front and centre.

The private member's bill, C-350, will ensure any monetary awards owed to an offender as a result of legal action are first used to resolve financial obligations to victims and family members, such as child support dues, if it is passed.

"I'm sure it will pass," Lauzon said in an interview. "I thnk all the other parties will support it too.

"It's a common sense type of thing."

The bill needs to be amended slightly, though, because when the word “spouse” was translated into French, the term did not cover common-law spouses.

"It's just a housekeeping thing," Lauzon said. "The legal begals said that, that someone could try and squirm out of it."

Lauzon is expecting unanimous support for the amendment.

While crime is at the top of the Conservative Party’s agenda, the government’s focus is also the economy this fall.

Lauzon took aim at NDP leader Thomas Mulcair's desire for the government to increase taxes on big business and turn over the funds to social service groups.

"It's sort of a bit contradictory," said Lauzon, who also suggested Mulcair wants the government to stimulate the economy at the same time. "Their plan is sort of altruistic.

"But if you stimulate the conomy and help businesses, you don;t need (as many) social programs."

Organizations: House of Commons, Conservative Party

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