Department of Justice Canada

Department of Justice Canada

August 15, 2014 11:13 ET

Minister MacKay Holds Roundtable in Richmond Hill to Discuss Criminal Justice Legislation

Opportunity to discuss justice-related issues with criminal justice system stakeholders

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 15, 2014) - Department of Justice Canada

Today, Minister of Justice Peter MacKay met with victims, justice system advocates and members of the legal community to discuss several recent measures taken by the Federal Government to keep Canada's streets and communities safe. Minister MacKay was joined at the roundtable by Costas Menegakis, M.P. for Richmond Hill.

In line with its commitment to holding violent offenders accountable and enhancing the rights of victims, the Federal Government has introduced legislation to protect those who are exploited through prostitution and Canadian communities from the harms that flow from prostitution. The Federal Government has also taken a historic step by introducing legislation to create, at the federal level, clear rights for victims of crime for the first time in Canada.

Minister MacKay outlined the Government's ongoing commitment to strengthening the criminal justice system's response to impaired driving. Building on the tough measures against impaired driving included in the 2008 Tackling Violent Crime Act, the Federal Government continues to discuss with its provincial, territorial, and non-governmental partners other effective measures to protect citizens against the violent and dangerous crime of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Quick Facts

  • Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, is a "made-in-Canada" model which would:
    • Criminalize those who purchase sexual services;
    • Continue to criminalize those who financially benefit from the exploitation of others or sell the sexual services of others;
    • Prohibit advertising the sale of sexual services in print or online; and
    • Protect our communities by criminalizing communicating for the purpose of selling sexual services in public places that are near school grounds, playgrounds or daycare centres.
  • Bill C-32, the Victims Bill of Rights Act, would create the following statutory rights to ensure victims of crime are heard and considered in our criminal justice system :
    • Right to information;
    • Right to protection;
    • Right to participation; and
    • Right to restitution.
  • In 2008, Parliament passed the Tackling Violent Crime Act. This legislation provided the police with better tools to detect and investigate drug- and alcohol-impaired driving and enhanced penalties for impaired driving.
  • To better protect our families and our communities, the Government of Canada is engaging in a dialogue across the country to get their views and input on steps going forward.

Quotes

"The discussion we are having today in Richmond Hill provides an opportunity to listen to those directly involved with the justice system, and to discuss the ever-changing environment in which we all live. Our Government is committed to working with all our partners to help improve the justice system for all Canadians, especially those who find themselves victimized by crime, and to ensure that the most vulnerable in our communities are better protected."

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter MacKay

"Ensuring the protection of our families and communities across Canada is a significant pillar of our Government's important policies addressing our country's criminal justice system. Through discussions with Canadians, much like we are having today here in Richmond Hill with Minister MacKay, we can build and strengthen our Government's successes and ensure that we have a system where those who break the law face the full force of the law, and those who are vulnerable and are victimized are better protected."

Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill Costas Menegakis

Related Products

Backgrounder: Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

Backgrounder: Overview of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights

Backgrounder: Right to information

Backgrounder: Right to protection

Backgrounder: Right to participation

Backgrounder: Right to restitution

Backgrounder: Victim surcharge

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