Ottawa, ON – As we honour Victims and Survivors of Crime this week, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Conservative Shadow Minister for Justice, Michael Cooper, Deputy Conservative Shadow Minister for Justice and the Honourable Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, today released the following statement calling out Justin Trudeau for his inaction to support the rights of victims of crime:
“The Liberals tabled a bill (C-75) which imposes more lenient sentences for very serious crimes. Our former Conservative government identified victims’ rights as priorities by passing over 25 bills to reform our justice system. Instead of doing everything to make the life of criminals easier, Justin Trudeau must make protecting victims a priority.
“As of May 1st, 2018, there were 61 judicial vacancies across the country, causing unacceptable delays for victims and their families. The Liberals have also refused to enact legislation passed in 2015 to help victims of human trafficking. It is unacceptable for a government that pretends to be responsible and feminist to turn its back on the victims of sexual exploitation.
“In addition, Justin Trudeau has not replaced the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime whose mandate ended in November 2017. The Liberals even voted against Bill C-343 in 2017, which would have made this a permanent position ensuring its continuity and the application of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights.
“With this track record, it’s clear that Justin Trudeau has failed victims of crime in Canada.
“Under an Andrew Scheer Conservative government, victims of crime will once again be at the heart of the federal legislative agenda when it comes to justice. Canada’s Conservatives believe that the safety of Canadians should be the number one priority of any government.”
For more information:
Office of the Honourable Rob Nicholson, M.P. Rob.Nicholson@parl.gc.ca 613-995-1547
Office of Michael Cooper, M.P. Michael.Cooper@parl.gc.ca 613-996-4722