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Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Provincial Justice Ministers were successful in convincing Canada's

Solicitor General to bring forward legislation to make registration with

the new National Sex Offender Registry mandatory.

"Saskatchewan wants the best system possible to protect our communities

from high-risk offenders and enhance public protection, particularly for

children," Justice Minister Chris Axworthy said. "I am extremely pleased

with yesterday's commitment to establishing a national registry."

Ministers were provided with a preview of the improvements to the Canadian

Police Information Centre system that will support the data-base for the

new national registry.

The new system will be available to law-enforcement agencies throughout the

country in November 2002.

In September 2000 Saskatchewan brought forward a resolution to Justice

Ministers across Canada to identify ways to manage the risk of repeat sex

offenders, including re-considering a national sex offender registry.

Axworthy said the Solicitor General asked for the assistance of all

jurisdictions to meet the target of November 2002 for new legislation.

"Saskatchewan officials are ready now to assist in this important work,"

Axworthy said.

Axworthy is attending a federal, provincial, territorial justice ministers'

meeting in Moncton.


For more information, contact:

Debi McEwen



Phone: (306) 787-6043
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