Peter Julian, the NDP MP for Burnaby-Westminster, has reintroduced legislation that aims to see assaults on transit workers be punished with more jail time.
Julian's private member's bill, C-402, would up the maximum possible sentence to 20 years, according to a news release issued today (February 27) by his office.
"What we have seen is a disturbing trend over the last few years where a growing number of transit operators and bus drivers are being assaulted in the line of duty," Julian told the House of Commons. "While they are protecting Canadians, taking them from point A to point B, often they are subject to verbal threats, and often quite worse. What we have seen in places like Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal is a growing trend of assaults against bus drivers and transit operators."
The MP says the Canadian Auto Workers Union and the Amalgamated Transit Union of Canada support the bill.
According to Julian's release, 150 assaults were reported by Vancouver bus drivers in 2010.