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article imageOnt. PC Leader wants victims' rights ahead of criminals' rights

By Andrew Moran     Sep 26, 2011 in Politics
Brantford - Progressive Conservative of Ontario Leader Tim Hudak spoke in Brantford Monday where he said he would put the rights of victims first over the rights of criminals. Hudak said that the premier has failed in this area.
The Ontario Progressive Conservatives say Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty’s victims’ compensation system needs to be fixed because it is “unfair” and “bureaucratic” and has actually hurt the victims in the end, according to a campaign news release.
Speaking with Wendy Bayne, a victim of crime, Tim Hudak promised that he would fix the broken system and put the rights of victims over the rights of criminals. Alongside Brant PC candidate Mike St. Amant, Hudak criticized McGuinty and his $31 million surplus in the province’s Victims Justice Fund.
Many victims did not receive any compensation at all. Hudak cited one reason where the organization denied funds to Bayne. Her son was attacked and left for dead outside of a bank in Brantford. It took her more than three years to receive any funding from the provincial fund. At the present time, notes the PC campaign, since the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) utilizes narrow definitions, a parent would have to actually witness the death of their child.
Hudak wants the bureaucracy gone.
“Unlike Dalton McGuinty, an Ontario PC government will make sure that Ontario families have a justice system that always puts the rights of victims first. Ahead of criminals. And ahead of bureaucracy,” said the Niagara West – Glanbrook Member of Provincial Parliament. “Under Dalton McGuinty, a mother of a murdered child could not qualify as a victim unless she personally witnesses the crime. That is wrong. Dalton McGuinty won’t fix it. I will.”
If elected, the Tim Hudak PC government would transfer all funds from the Victims Justice Fund to victims and the services they require. Furthermore, a Hudak government would make sure that the decisions of the CICB mirror the genuine needs of victims and warrant that they receive the proper and significant representation.
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