September 24th, 2013

NDP presents justice priorities for the fall session

OTTAWA – Despite the prorogation of Parliament, the Official Opposition is ready to take action on important justice issues in the fall session of Parliament.

“Even though the Conservatives shut down the House to avoid scrutiny of their Senate scandal, the NDP wants to move forward on the justice priorities of Canadians,” said NDP Justice critic, Françoise Boivin (Gatineau).

Boivin proposed concrete ideas to improve Canada’s judicial system and better respond to the needs of Canadians:

  • Move forward on a national inquiry and an action plan to end violence against Aboriginal women;
  • Ensuring the national repository of criminal records is regularly updated;
  • Advancing Bill C-540, sponsored by Robert Chisholm, to criminalize the non-consensual, malicious making or distributing of intimate images by mechanical or electronic means;
  • Improve victims’ services to ensure accessible and integrated resources and services;
  • Work to tighten up rules to keep drunk drivers off our streets;
  • Improve access to justice for all by renewing the federal government’s commitment to legal aid.

“We want to get to work today to tackle the problems that our judicial system is facing,” said Boivin. “As always, we are willing to work with the government to make our streets and communities safer.”