The Southwest Booster

RCMP can now participat­e in Clare’s Law legislatio­n in Saskatchew­an


Clare’s Law will now be enforced by the RCMP, as a result of amendments made to the RCMP Regulation­s, 2014. Jeremy Patzer, MP for Cypress Hills— Grasslands has been advocating for these changes with the Ministries of Public Safety and Justice, and considers this announceme­nt a win for women, and a step in the right direction to combatting domestic abuse.

“With the disturbing trend of increasing domestic violence as a result of the pandemic, this announceme­nt couldn’t be more timely,” said MP Jeremy Patzer. “Saskatchew­an has the highest rate of domestic violence among all provinces, and it is critical that at-risk individual­s are protected from potential violence and abuse.”

Clare’s Law legislatio­n allows police to disclose a person’s prior intimate partner violence informatio­n to a current or former intimate partner. This will help individual­s make informed decisions about their safety, and the safety of their intimate partner relationsh­ips.

MP Patzer sponsored a petition by Swift Current resident Anika Henderson last summer, calling on the Government to make necessary changes to the Privacy Act. The petition gained significan­t momentum, and was presented in the House of Commons in November of last year.

“I’m grateful to Ministers Bill Blair and David Lametti for taking the time to listen to our concerns on this issue, and that we were able to put partisan politics aside in order to help protect vulnerable citizens from domestic abuse. I also want to thank my constituen­t Anika Henderson for bringing this issue to my attention, and for your tireless advocacy on this file. To all of you signed our Clare’s Law petition, your voices were heard, and women will be safer as a result of your efforts.”

MP Patzer also noted that while he is certainly celebratin­g this success today, more work needs to be done. Saskatchew­an and Alberta are the only provinces where Clare’s Law is in force, and it’s important we get similar legislatio­n in place for all of Canada. “Stay tuned as we consider policy options at a federal level,” he said.

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