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Thompson, Manitoba, July 18, 2012 – The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, delivered remarks today at the Chamber of Commerce, highlighting action taken by the Harper Government to tackle gang and youth crime, and support victims.

“Our Government remains committed to improving safety for Canadians where they live, work and raise their families,” said Minister Toews. “We have delivered on this promise by passing comprehensive legislation that holds violent and repeat young offenders accountable, and gives victims of crime a voice in the criminal justice system.”  

As part of its actions to combat gang and youth crime in Canada, the Government has:

With the coming into effect of amendments to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (part of the Safe Streets and Communities Act) on June 13, 2012, the Government announced concrete action to ensure the voices of victims of crime are heard. These amendments include measures to enshrine victim participation in conditional release hearings, and keep victims better informed about the management of offenders.

“To assist those youth who are most at risk of offending, our Government continues to work with communities to tackle gang and youth crime by investing in community-based projects,” said Minister Toews.  “Most recently, our Government provided $7.5 million annually in funding to help youth steer clear of and escape gangs.”

On February 21, 2012, the Harper Government launched the next phase of the Youth Gang Prevention Fund, which will continue to provide youth in gangs or those at risk of joining gangs with life skills to help them make smart choices and stay away from gangs and crime.

For more information on the coming into force of amendments to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, please visit the website:  

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Public Safety Canada

Julie Carmichael
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Office of the Minister of Public Safety

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