|By Marketwired .||
|June 24, 2014 12:13 PM EDT||
SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK -- (Marketwired) -- 06/24/14 -- Justice Canada
Today, Minister of Justice Peter MacKay held a roundtable in Saint John, New Brunswick, to discuss Bill C-32, the Victims Bill of Rights Act, with justice advocates. Minister MacKay was joined at the roundtable by Rodney Weston, M.P. for Saint John.
Bill C-32, the Victims Bill of Rights Act, would improve the experiences of victims of crime across the country by creating, at the federal level, clear rights for victims of crime - a first in Canadian history. The development of this legislation was informed by consultations held on line and in person in every province and territory between April and September 2013. To read the legislation in full or to check on its status as it moves through the parliamentary process, please visit the LEGISinfo website.
-- The legislation would create the following statutory rights for victims of crime: -- Right to information: Victims would have the right to general information about the criminal justice system and available victim services and programs, as well as specific information about the progress of the case, including information relating to the investigation, prosecution, sentencing, and conditional release of the person who harmed them. -- Right to protection: Victims would have the right to have their security and privacy considered at all stages of the criminal justice process, to have reasonable and necessary measures to protect them from intimidation and retaliation, and to request their identity be protected from public disclosure. -- Right to participation: Victims would have the right to convey their views about decisions to be made by criminal justice professionals and have them considered at various stages of the criminal justice process, as well as the right to present a victim impact statement. -- Right to restitution: Victims would have the right to have the court consider making a restitution order for all offences for which there are easy-to-calculate financial losses. -- The Government will provide dedicated funding to support the implementation of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights through existing resources as well as the allocation of new federal resources. -- By introducing Bill C-32, the Victims Bill of Rights Act, the Government is delivering on its commitment from the 2013 Speech from the Throne, a commitment that was restated and reinforced in Budget 2014. -- This legislation is also in line with the 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.
"Our Government is committed to keeping our streets and communities safe and to ensuring that those who are victimized are treated with the courtesy, compassion, and respect they deserve by our criminal justice system. By proposing statutory rights at the federal level, we have taken a historic step. I am pleased to be here today to exchange with justice advocates and to continue our collaboration to ensure that the voices of victims are heard."
Minister Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
"This is a great opportunity for members of the legal community in the Saint-John area to share their ideas about how we can continue improving the experiences of victims of crime as they navigate the criminal justice system. We need to work together to ensure that victims have access to the information and services they need to feel confident in our justice system."
MP Rodney Weston
Office of the Minister of Justice
Media Relations Office
Department of Justice