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OTTAWA, May 8, 2013 - Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety; David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, and Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu; announced the Government of Canada's support for Bill C-479, An Act to Amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (Fairness for Victims).

Bill C-479, the Fairness for Victims Act, introduced in the House of Commons by MP David Sweet, proposes to increase the period within which the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) must conduct detention reviews following a detention order and parole reviews following a denial of parole. It also provides additional support to victims.

“Supporting this legislation is in keeping with the Government's plan for safe streets and communities, which focuses on tackling crime, victims' rights, and fair and efficient justice system,” said Minister Toews. “I would like to commend my colleague for his strong commitment to putting the rights of victims ahead of those of the offender.”

“I am proud to have introduced a Bill that will provide help to victims and their families,” said MP Sweet. “By modernizing the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, we are giving victims a greater voice in the parole process and respect for the ordeals they have to endure by extending the mandatory review periods.”

“Our Government has pledged to Canadians that we will work hard to address the needs of victims of crime and their families. I'm proud to say we have made significant progress,” said Senator Boisvenu. “This Bill continues to fulfill our commitment to protect and support victims of crime.”

The Bill proposes to:

Bill C-479 was introduced in the House of Commons in February, and will be debated on May 10, 2013.  It can be found at

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Julie Carmichael
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada

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