The Conservatives said the move will only serve to "embolden criminals."
In a statement released Friday, Conservative MPs Rob Moore and Pierre Paul-Hus called the new legislation "a shameless move that lacks any compassion for victims of violent crime."
"Weakening sentences will not reduce crime, it will only embolden criminals," the MPs wrote, adding that the legislation will take away mandatory jail time for crimes such as robbery with guns, weapons trafficking, and importing or exporting guns illegally.
"Soft-on-crime Bill C-5 will have devastating impacts on victims and survivors of crime while putting at risk the safety of Canadian communities as a whole," the statement says.
Lametti has defended the legislation in the past, saying that mandatory penalties for certain crimes have a "negative impact" on racialized Canadians.
'Systemic Racism'The government's backgrounder on Bill C-5 says there is "systemic racism in Canada’s criminal justice system" which the new legislation is targeting.
"We have heard Canadians, the courts and criminal justice experts, and seen the evidence of the disproportionate representation of Indigenous peoples, as well as Black Canadians and members of marginalized communities, both as offenders and as victims. The proposed legislation would help to address these issues," the backgrounder says.
C-5 will remove mandatory jail time for gun trafficking—a crime Toronto Police Association President Jon Reid thinks should carry even heavier penalties than previously prescribed under the law.
"If somebody's involved in trafficking firearms, they need to go to jail for a long, long time," he told The Epoch Times in a previous interview.