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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