Mil­lions an­nounced to im­ple­ment vic­tims bill of rights

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS | CANADA -

HAL­I­FAX — The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has an­nounced $54 mil­lion in fund­ing to sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new Cana­dian Vic­tims Bill of Rights. Fed­eral jus­tice min­is­ter Peter MacKay made the an­nounce­ment in Hal­i­fax Fri­day. The bill of rights cre­ates statu­tory rights for vic­tims of crime in Canada in­clud­ing the right to the pro­tec­tion of their iden­tity, the right to par­tic­i­pate in the crim­i­nal jus­tice process and the right to seek resti­tu­tion. It was de­vel­oped through stake­holder con­sul­ta­tions held by the gov­ern­ment online and in per­son in ev­ery province and ter­ri­tory. MacKay said the fund­ing is in­tended to sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the bill of rights through ex­ist­ing re­sources as well as the al­lo­ca­tion of new fed­eral re­sources. The bill of rights and re­lated amend­ments to the Crim­i­nal Code, Canada Ev­i­dence Act and Em­ploy­ment In­sur­ance Act came into force on Thurs­day.

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