Toronto, Ontario – The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is urging parliamentarians to ensure swift passage of a bill that would toughen the laws on motor vehicle theft.

The IBC wants the Senate to pass Bill C-26 as quickly as possible when it returns on September 14.

“Bill C-26 makes motor vehicle theft, tampering with a vehicle identification number (VIN) and trafficking in stolen property specific criminal offences, stiffens sentences, and gives Canada Border Services Agency the tools it needs to fight the export of stolen vehicles from our nation’s ports,” said Rick Dubin, vice-president of investigations for IBC. “Canadians overwhelmingly support tougher laws against auto theft. So, too, did members of the House of Commons when they passed this bill unanimously in June. It would be a shame to see vital legislation like this die on the Order Paper with an election call.”

Dubin said that auto theft costs Canadians $1.2 billion a year, and several Canadians are killed or injured by auto thieves each year. Police confirm that organized crime is primarily responsible for the burgeoning theft-for-export racket.

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