CENTRAL NOVA REPORT BY PETER MACKAY
Since becoming Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General this past July, I have been travelling across our country consulting with victims, victims' advocates, and law enforcement officials on how to improve and protect victims' rights. Meetings have been held in every province and territory in order to receive key feedback on our justice system.
On Oct. 11, I had the pleasure of hosting a victims' rights consultation here in Central Nova at Stellarton’s Museum of Industry, joined by representatives from more than 20 local community groups and law enforcement units. They provided important insight into the improvements they would like to see in our federal justice system moving forward. This will provide our government with valuable input for our upcoming Victims Bill of Rights, which we intend to present to Parliament this fall. As your Member of Parliament, I am elected to represent your views in Ottawa. Continued feedback is crucial to effective representation.
The views expressed by residents of Pictou, Antigonish, and Guysborough counties centre around the safety of their families and communities. It is also a top priority for our federal government. Whether you live in River John, New Glasgow, Havre Boucher, or Sheet Harbour, we all have a collective interest in securing our homes and surroundings. We are fortunate to live in tight-knit communities. Many of us have grown up here, and chose to stay and raise our families. We need to work collaboratively in order to keep our communities safe and preserve our way of life.
The approach our government has taken toward criminal justice issues ensures that both the rights of victims are respected and that criminals are punished for their crimes. This is because offenders must be held accountable, and citizens must feel safe in their respective communities.
As your Member of Parliament in Central Nova, I will continue to be accessible and open to feedback on issues that matter to you.
Peter MacKay is MP for Central Nova and federal Minister of Justice.