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June 02, 2009 10:18 ET

Minister of Public Safety Announces Legislation to Allow Victims of Terrorism to Sue Perpetrators and Supporters of Terrorism

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - The Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, today announced the tabling of legislation to allow victims of terrorism to sue perpetrators of terrorism and their supporters.

"The Government of Canada is committed to fighting terrorism and to holding the perpetrators and supporters of terrorism accountable for their actions. With this Bill, we are showing leadership against terrorism. And we are providing a means for victims to seek justice against the individuals, organizations and foreign states that support terrorism," said Minister Van Loan.

The Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act amends the State Immunity Act to lift immunity for states listed by the Government as supporters of terrorism. When the Bill is enacted, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in consultation with the Minister of Public Safety, will advise the Government about establishing a list of states deemed to have supported terrorist entities.

"Senator David Tkachuk has been a strong advocate for victims of terrorism. On tabling this legislation today, I salute him for his efforts," said Minister Van Loan.

This proposed legislation is one of several initiatives undertaken to recognize victims of terrorism:

- The Government of Canada established June 23 as a National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. The date was chosen to honour the victims of Air India Flight 182, the worst terrorist attack in Canadian history and the largest in North America prior to September 11, 2001.

- The Government established a full public judicial inquiry into the bombing of Flight 182 in order to investigate unresolved questions.

- The Government also contributed to the establishment of permanent memorials across Canada to serve as places for contemplation and a reminder of the consequences of terrorism.

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