Space Crime Doesn’t Pay

Bad news everyone. It’s now illegal for Canadians to commit crimes in space. Sorry if that ruins any of your plans.

A sneaky lil amendment made its way onto the criminal code on the proposed 2022 federal budget, making it a crime to do crime in space.

The amendment reads “a Canadian crew member who during a space flight, commits an act or omission outside Canada that if committed in Canada would constitute and indictable offence is deemed to have committed that act or omission in Canada.”

Basically just letting you know, you might be outside our jurisdiction, but once you get back here there’s gonna be heck to pay for that Jay-walking you did up there.

Interestingly, this amendment only includes space flight. Which notably doesn’t include doing crimes on the moon since you’re not in flight.

Another interesting detail is the seemingly redundant aspect of it. Although not part of the Canadian Criminal code, Canada has already signed onto a 1998 international treaty which binds astronauts to Canadian Law.

You know what I would love? I would love a legal drama about the aftermath of a murder happening in space. What would happen if someone killed someone from another country? Make it happen, Netflix!

– Robert Hill