August 19, 2013 11:19 ET
SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Aug. 19, 2013) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today met with victims of crime and justice advocates in Saskatoon to discuss key priorities for the creation of a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights.
"Responding to the needs of victims of crime in Saskatoon-and all over Canada-is a priority for our Government," said Minister MacKay. "The input we receive from consultations like these across the country will be critical in guiding the development of federal legislation that will recognize and protect the rights of victims."
This consultation follows the Government's commitment in February to entrench the rights of victims of crime by bringing forward legislation to develop a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights. Views expressed by those at the consultation will add to information received through other cross-country consultations and to the online public consultation being hosted on the Department of Justice website until September 3, 2013 at: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/victims-victimes/vrights-droitsv/. These consultations will ultimately contribute to enhancing victims' rights in Canada.
The development of a federal Victims Bill of Rights builds on the Government's record of achievements in giving victims a more effective voice in the criminal justice and corrections systems. These achievements include:
The Victims Bill of Rights consultations are part of the Government's Plan for Safe Streets and Communities, which is one of four priorities identified by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. This plan focuses on tackling crime, enhancing victims' rights, and ensuring a fair and efficient justice system.
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Paloma AguilarPress SecretaryOffice of the Minister of Justice613-992-4621Media RelationsDepartment of Justice613-957-4207
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