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St. Albert MP renewing push for David Wynn Law, one year after constable’s death
Published Sunday, January 17, 2016 3:41PM MST
Last Updated Sunday, January 17, 2016 6:19PM MST
One year after Const. David Wynn was shot in the head, a St. Albert MP is pushing forward with a bill to make it harder for criminals to receive bail.
Conservative MP Michael Cooper said he plans to reintroduce David Wynn’s Law in the first week that parliament resumes at the end of January.
“It really is a common sense and needed piece of legislation to close a blaring loophole in the bail application process,” said Cooper, via phone from Ottawa.
Independent MP Brent Rathgeber had first introduced the bill last June but lost his seat in the October election.
Const. David Wynn was shot by Shawn Maxwell Rehn, 34, at close range on January 21, 2015 as he and another officer investigated a stolen vehicle at the Apex Casino.
The 42-year-old Mountie passed away four days later, survived by his wife and three sons.
Rehn was later found dead of an apparent suicide.
Cooper said Rehn, who had at least 50 prior convictions and 38 outstanding charges, should not have been out on bail at the time of Wynn’s death.
“Unfortunately when that application went forward, that criminal history was not made known to the judge,” said Cooper.
“Had that information been available, the perpetrator would have been behind bars instead of out on the streets.”
With files from CTV's Breanna Karstens-Smith