Department of Justice Canada

Department of Justice Canada

August 13, 2008 13:25 ET

Government of Canada Reviewing the Youth Criminal Justice Act

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2008) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada, today held a roundtable discussion on the functioning of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). The roundtable is part of the Minister's cross-country tour to meet key youth justice stakeholders and partners in all regions of Canada to seek their input on improvements to the YCJA.

"This Government is committed to hearing all perspectives as we develop proposals to strengthen the YCJA," said Minister Nicholson. "I have been very pleased to meet today with youth justice stakeholders in New Brunswick as part of this review. I have heard a wide range of views that will provide valuable input for the government as we consider how best to improve the YCJA."

Minister Nicholson announced the YCJA review in October, 2007. Since then, he has met with his provincial and territorial counterparts as well as youth and partner organizations across the country. The Government of Canada is seeking the input of provinces and territories as they play a key role in administering the YCJA.

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Minister Nicholson held roundtable discussions with his provincial counterparts and stakeholders in Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. Next week, he will travel to Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon to complete the series of provincial and territorial roundtables.

In addition to the YCJA review, the Government of Canada has tabled legislation to amend the YCJA to include deterrence and denunciation as principles of sentencing and to strengthen provisions related to pre-trial detention. These new measures will protect communities from young offenders who pose a significant risk to public safety.

In keeping with its commitment to community safety, along with its plan to strengthen the YCJA, the Government of Canada has also:

- Passed into law the comprehensive Tackling Violent Crime Act that aims to better protect youth from sexual predators, protect society from dangerous offenders, get serious with drug impaired drivers and toughen sentencing and bail for those who commit serious gun crimes;

- Passed legislation to increase penalties for those convicted of street racing;

- Passed legislation to end conditional sentences for serious personal injury offences;

- Introduced a National Anti-Drug Strategy, including legislation that would provide mandatory jail time for serious drug crimes;

- Invested in community projects across Canada that target youth;

- Tabled legislation to protect Canadians against identity theft; and

- Tabled legislation to tackle property theft, including the serious crime of auto theft.

For further information about the youth criminal justice system and the YCJA visit www.justice.gc.ca/youth.

Interested Canadians can also express their views by sending their submissions to ycjareview@justice.gc.ca by Friday, August 15, 2008.

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