FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 3, 2014
BOOST SUPPORTS NEW LEGISLATION ANNOUNCED BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
VICTIMS BILL OF RIGHTS
MISSISSAUGA, April 3, 2014 –Today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the introduction of legislation to create a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights. This legislation would create, at the federal level, clear rights for victims of crime. Prime Minster Harper was joined by Minister of Justice, Peter MacKay and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Steven Blaney, Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu and Stella Ambler, Member of Parliament for Mississauga South.
A first in Canadian history, this new 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, and specific information about the progress of the case, including information relating to the investigation, prosecution and sentence 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 a 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 and 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.
“Boost supports the work of the Federal Government in creating the Victims Bill of Rights. This legislation will give victims a much stronger voice and a greater presence in the criminal justice system,” stated Karyn Kennedy, Executive Director at Boost Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention. “We have been part of several consultations on the bill over the past year and are pleased to see the progress made.”
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