Department of Justice Canada

Department of Justice Canada

February 20, 2008 19:08 ET

Senate Must Pass the Tackling Violent Crime Act

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - Today, in response to the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics Juristat, report titled, "The Use of Firearms in Violent Crime", the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and the Honourable Stockwell Day, M.P. for Okanagan-Coquihalla (BC) and Minister of Public Safety urged the Senate again to pass the Tackling Violent Crime Act, a comprehensive bill aimed at tackling crime and making our communities safer.

"Today's Juristat report shows that more progress needs to be made to tackle violent gun crime," said Minister Nicholson. "Canadians have told us that they want to see action - they want the Senate to pass the Tackling Violent Crime Act into law now."

The Juristat reports that one-third (31 per cent) of all homicides were committed with a firearm in 2006 and that violent crimes committed with a firearm had significantly lower conviction rates than those committed without a firearm.

Police reported over 8100 victims of violent gun crime in 2006. The rates of firearm-related violent crime in 2006 were highest in the larger census metropolitan areas (Vancouver, Winnipeg and Toronto).

"After attempts by the Opposition to water down and delay this legislation, we call upon the Senate to pass the Tackling Violent Crime Act expeditiously," said Minister Day. "Protecting Canadians from violent gun crime is a priority for this Government, not an afterthought."

On February 12th, the Government of Canada proposed a confidence motion demanding that the Senate pass the government's crime bill by March 1. The government won the House of Commons vote while the Liberal opposition abstained, showing that tackling crime is not a priority for them. The Canadian people, through their elected representatives, have clearly said that they want the Tackling Violent Crime Act passed. Getting tough on crime is a priority for this Government and it must now become a priority for the Senate.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Justice
    Darren Eke
    Press Secretary
    613-992-4621
    or
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863