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Canada: Ministers unite to establish a registry for sex offenders.


February 14, 2002

Ottawa and the provinces agree to work together

By Chris Morris

MONCTON, N.B. Federal and provincial justice ministers have agreed to work together in establishing a national registry for sex offenders, adding an important new tool to Canada's crime-fighting arsenal.

Federal Solicitor-General Lawrence MacAulay said yesterday the new registration system must be national, not a patchwork of provincial programs.

"We want a national system, right across the country, available to all police forces with sex offenders registered," MacAulay said during a break at the annual meeting of federal and provincial justice ministers in Moncton.

"That's what will happen."

The agreement put an end to Alberta's plan to follow in Ontario's footsteps and establish its own provincial registry of sex offenders.


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Source: 2002 Thestar.com