Liberals support Alliance sex-offender motion, but want to expand existing police database rather than create new registry.
March 13, 2001
OTTAWA (CP) - Federal Liberals supported a Canadian Alliance motion
Tuesday to create a sex-offender registry but say they'll expand an existing
police database rather than create a costly new system.
The vote to create a registry to keep track of released convicts was
unanimous, at 255-0.
Solicitor General Lawrence MacAulay explained that Liberals supported the
motion because the existing Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) fits
"We have a very efficient system in place, but any move that can be made in
order to make it more efficient - that's exactly what we'll do," he said.
"We're not going to just spend dollars to create new registries."
The information centre registers convicted sex offenders. However, it doesn't
keep regular track of changes, such as new addresses.
MacAulay said the government will improve the registry and update addresses
but won't make official changes to the centre's mandate without agreement
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Source: The Star.com