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Minister MacKay Holds Meetings with Irish Counterparts

Opportunity to discuss justice-related issues and highlight advancements in Canadian law

DUBLIN, IRELAND -- (Marketwired) -- 07/14/14 -- Justice Canada

Today, Minister of Justice Peter MacKay held meetings with Frances Fitzgerald, the Minister of Justice and Equality and Maire Whelan, the Attorney General of the Republic of Ireland to discuss cyberbullying - an issue which has no borders but that has serious repercussions in our communities; tackling child sexual offenses and impaired driving as well as other justice-related topics of mutual interest.

Minister MacKay also took the opportunity to highlight some of the recently proposed improvements to the criminal justice system including the introduction of Bill C-32, the Victims Bill of Rights Act, which would transform the criminal justice system by creating, at the federal level, clear rights for victims of crime - a first in Canadian history.

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"I was honoured to meet with the Irish Minister of Justice, Frances Fitzgerld and the Irish Attorney General Maire Whelan, and hear their experiences as well as share the Canadian perspective on issues that are threats to the safety of citizens in both our countries, such as cyberbulling - which knows no borders, child sexual offenses, as well as impaired driving. By highlighting the recent introduction of the Victims Bill of Rights Act, I was pleased and privileged to share the exciting developments in Canadian law for victims of crime and to discuss our experiences on this important issue with my Irish counterparts."

Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

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- Backgrounder: Overview of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights

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- Parliament of Canada LegisInfo

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