Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 29, 2007 19:54 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Passing of Bill S-3

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 29, 2007) - The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement on the passing of Bill S-3:

"I am pleased to see Bill S-3 pass today as it is a positive step forward, and demonstrates once again that this Government is getting things done for Canadians.

Bill S-3 effectively amends the National Defence Act to mirror the provisions in the Criminal Code to allow a court martial to order an individual convicted of a designated sexual offence to register in the national sex offender registry.

The amendments to the National Defence Act will ensure that the military justice system continues to reflect current Canadian legal norms and standards. In addition, the amendments also respect the need for a separate and distinct military justice system that functions efficiently and fairly in times of peace or conflict.

The legislation will ensure that police forces actively investigating a crime of a sexual nature will have access to information on the national sex offender registry relating to individuals who are convicted at courts martial of a designated sexual offence and ordered to register under the provisions set out in the Sex Offender Information Registration Act."

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gordon O'Connor
    Minister of National Defence
    Isabelle Bouchard
    Director of Communications
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