News Release - September 13, 2000
NATIONAL SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY CONSIDERED
Saskatchewan Justice Minister Chris Axworthy was successful in convincing
Canada's justice ministers to consider a national sex offender registry as he
wrapped up meetings with his federal, provincial and territorial colleagues
yesterday in Iqaluit.
"With particular support from Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, all
ministers agreed we want the best system possible to protect our communities
from high-risk offenders and enhance public protection, particularly for
children," Axworthy said. "We've asked our officials to identify ways to
manage the risks of repeat sex offenders including re-considering a national
sex offender registry."
Federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers have asked to receive the
report at their meeting next year.
Axworthy also strongly supported the development of a national strategy to
combat violence in the media targeted to children and youth.
"We agree that the strategy must include exploring a national approach to
classification of video games, and research into the exposure of children and
youth to violence through the Internet and other media," Axworthy said.
During the two-day meeting, Axworthy called on the federal government to
immediately restore funding for legal aid.
"Saskatchewan's Legal Aid system is an important part of the justice system,"
Axworthy said. "Funding was once a 50/50 shared federal/provincial
responsibility; the federal contribution to legal aid funding now stands at
less than 25 per cent."
Axworthy also called on the federal government to commit the funding necessary
to ensure the provinces have a youth justice system that continues to protect
the public, keep communities safe, hold the most serious violent and repeat
young offenders accountable for their actions and deal appropriately with young
offenders who are willing to learn for their mistakes.
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