Civil forfeiture bill on ice

Civil forfeiture bill on ice Remember Yukon's proposed civil forfeiture act? The controversial bill would have boosted the powers of RCMP to seize property from alleged drug dealers.

Remember Yukon’s proposed civil forfeiture act?

The controversial bill would have boosted the powers of RCMP to seize property from alleged drug dealers. The bill was met by well-organized protests this summer, by residents who said they feared that police would abuse these powers.

So the Yukon Party backed off. Instead of passing the bill, it said it would shelve it until public consultations were held.

On Monday, The Liberals’ Don Inverarity asked Justice Minister Marian Horne when these public consultations would be scheduled.

Not before the next election, judging by her answer.

“The government has not and does not contemplate at this time scheduling the consultation,” Horne said. “It remains tabled.”