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Stop Talking and Start Fixing Victims’ Justice Fund

 

(March 29, 2011) Donna Dixon of Hamilton has been told that she had to witness her son being kidnapped, shot, incinerated and put into bags of animal feed to be treated as a victim of crime.  One of the people disgusted by the government's interpretation is Jim Wilson, the PC MPP for Simcoe-Grey, who raised the matter in the Ontario Legislature this morning.

“There is no mystery to what the problem is or how to fix it.  You were told what the problem is by the Ombudsman in 2006.  You were told what the problem is and how to fix it by your own commissioner, the Honourable Roy McMurtry, in 2008.  What is your timeline to stop re-victimizing Ontario families and fix your broken victims of crime program,” said Wilson in his question to Dalton McGuinty.

Two weeks ago, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak promised that a PC government would release the Victims’ Justice Fund surplus, which sits at $31.4 million, to victims and law enforcement agencies.  Hudak also committed to ensuring the definition the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) uses to determine compensation reflects the needs of victims and said that he will ensure significant representation on the CICB for victims.

“There is something wrong with a government who says you have to witness the murder of your child to get victims of crime supports,” said Wilson who argues the McGuinty Liberals can’t be trusted to fix the program in light of the fact that they were first warned of the problem four years ago.

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