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Department of Justice Canada

September 13, 2009 14:04 ET

Minister of Justice Nicholson Responds to Quebec Minister of Justice Weil on Her Proposals to Address White-Collar Crime

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2009) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today responded to the Honourable Kathleen Weil, M.N.A for Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Minister of Justice and Attorney General for the Province of Quebec:

"I am grateful that Minister Weil and I had the opportunity to speak this weekend on the important issue of white-collar crime. The Government of Canada has a clear and longstanding commitment to helping victims of crime - and this means all sorts of crime, including white-collar crime.

The recent high-profile cases in Quebec have led to a great deal of attention and outrage - and understandably so, especially in these economically uncertain times. My heart goes out to those who have lost their life savings and whose financial futures are in peril. This Government is committed to ensuring that sentences imposed in these cases adequately reflect the severe impact they have on the lives of the victims.

As we move into the fall, the Government continues to have a very busy crime agenda and addressing white-collar crime and fraud will be a part of it. We will be looking at all options available to crack down on these types of crime, including legislating mandatory prison sentences for fraud and parole reform.

An effective solution requires cooperation with our partners throughout the justice system - including the provincial governments and the countless dedicated people who work at all levels in the system to provide services to victims across Canada. I look forward to raising this issue at the upcoming federal-provincial-territorial meeting and I thank Minister Weil again for her proposals and ongoing support."

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