Premier Prime Minister Meeting on Criminal Code Changes

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter is heading to Ottawa Tuesday, April 23, to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They have put changes to the Criminal Code of Canada at the top of their agenda. “The hearts of Nova Scotians and all Canadians are broken overwhat happened to the Parsons family,” Premier Dexter said. “Theyalso remain angry and expect laws to be in place that hold people who bully and victimize others accountable. “The Prime Minister’s heartfelt reaction to the Parsons tragedyshows how important this issue is to him. Mr. Harper and I areparents, as well as leaders, and we will bring both theseperspectives to our discussions.” Justice Minister Ross Landry is meeting on Wednesday, April 24,with federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson. Mr. Landry wants tomake the circulation of intimate images without consent a crime. Last week, Mr. Landry reached out to his provincial counterpartsto build support across the country. He received consistentsupport from them for this Criminal Code change. Debra Pepler and Penny Milton, two national experts, will alsostart their review of the Halifax Regional School Board, IWKHealth Centre, Capital Health and associated agencies. It willfocus on the events leading up to Rehteah Parson’s death andresult in specific recommendations that respond to the issues she and her family faced. The review of how police and Public Prosecution Service handledthe case will begin immediately following the criminal process. Status of Women Minister Marilyn More will continue seekingadvice from community and women’s groups, individuals, and youngpeople, including Leaders of Today and the Youth AdvisoryCouncil. Nova Scotians continue to reach out to the Parsons family toexpress their sympathy and support. People from as far away asAustralia and Indonesia joined hundreds of Nova Scotians insigning online condolences which will be shared with the familysoon. “I want to thank everyone for the love and prayers you haveshared with the Parsons family,” said Premier Dexter. “I alsounderstand you want answers and real change that will honourRehtaeh’s memory and better protect girls, women and all NovaScotians. “I will do everything in my power to act on this sharedpriority,” the premier said.last_img

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