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Canada: PM Announces Historic Legislation to Create a Victims Bill of Rights
Source: pm.gc.ca
Source Date: Thursday, April 03, 2014
Focus: Public Administration Schools, Thematic Website, Institution and HR Management
Country: Canada
Created: Apr 15, 2014

Federal Government seeks to better protect victims of crime and give them a stronger voice in our justice system.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the introduction of legislation to create a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights that would transform the criminal justice system by creating, at the federal level, clear rights for victims of crime – a first in Canadian history. The Prime Minister was joined by Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. During consultations held by the federal Government over the past year, many victims of crime shared stories of their interactions with the criminal justice system. Many participants expressed a desire for victims of crime to be kept better informed and involved at every stage of the justice process, and called for an increased understanding of the needs of victims. Our Government is delivering on its commitment in the 2013 Speech from the Throne to introduce a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, a commitment reiterated in Budget 2014. The legislation is part of our Government’s Plan for Safe Streets and Communities, which focuses on holding violent offenders accountable, enhancing the rights of victims, and increasing the efficiency of our justice system. - See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/04/03/pm-announces-historic-legislation-create-canadian-victims-bill-rights#sthash.gbq2ulv4.dpuf

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