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OTTAWA – June 26, 2013 – Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement on the Royal Assent of Bill C-51, the Safer Witnesses Act:

“I am pleased to announce that today our Government's Safer Witnesses Act, Bill C-51, has received Royal Assent from His Excellency, the Governor General.

Our Government is once again demonstrating our commitment to providing law enforcement officials with the tools and resources needed to protect the safety of our families and communities. Effective and reliable witness protection is essential in the fight against crime, especially organized crime and terrorism.

Through the Safer Witnesses Act, our Government is improving the federal Witness Protection Program by making it more effective for those it is designed to protect and safer for those administering it, while being responsive to law enforcement needs.

The Safer Witnesses Act enhances the collective effort required to combat organized crime. Specifically, this will be accomplished by enhancing the program and providing better service to other witness protection programs through:

Our Government will continue to fight crime and protect Canadians so that our communities remain safe places for people to live, raise their families, and do business.”

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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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