Premier, Prime Minister Meeting on Criminal Code Changes

Premier's Office

April 21, 2013 11:44 AM

Premier Darrell Dexter is heading to Ottawa Tuesday, April 23,
to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They have put
changes to the Criminal Code of Canada at the top of their agenda.

"The hearts of Nova Scotians and all Canadians are broken over
what happened to the Parsons family," Premier Dexter said. "They
also remain angry and expect laws to be in place that hold
people who bully and victimize others accountable.

"The Prime Minister’s heartfelt reaction to the Parsons tragedy
shows how important this issue is to him. Mr. Harper and I are
parents, as well as leaders, and we will bring both these
perspectives to our discussions."

Justice Minister Ross Landry is meeting on Wednesday, April 24,
with federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson. Mr. Landry wants to
make the circulation of intimate images without consent a crime.

Last week, Mr. Landry reached out to his provincial counterparts
to build support across the country. He received consistent
support from them for this Criminal Code change.

Debra Pepler and Penny Milton, two national experts, will also
start their review of the Halifax Regional School Board, IWK
Health Centre, Capital Health and associated agencies. It will
focus on the events leading up to Rehteah Parson's death and
result in specific recommendations that respond to the issues
she and her family faced.

The review of how police and Public Prosecution Service handled
the case will begin immediately following the criminal process.

Status of Women Minister Marilyn More will continue seeking
advice from community and women’s groups, individuals, and young
people, including Leaders of Today and the Youth Advisory
Council.

Nova Scotians continue to reach out to the Parsons family to
express their sympathy and support. People from as far away as
Australia and Indonesia joined hundreds of Nova Scotians in
signing online condolences which will be shared with the family
soon.

"I want to thank everyone for the love and prayers you have
shared with the Parsons family," said Premier Dexter. "I also
understand you want answers and real change that will honour
Rehtaeh's memory and better protect girls, women and all Nova
Scotians.

"I will do everything in my power to act on this shared
priority," the premier said.


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     Premier Darrell Dexter is heading to Ottawa Tuesday (April

23rd) to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and

changes to the Criminal Code of Canada are at the top of their

agenda.

     Premier Dexter says the hearts of Nova Scotians and all

Canadians are broken over what happened to the Parsons

family. He says they also remain angry and expect laws to be in

place that hold people who bully and victimize others

accountable.

     Premier Dexter says the Prime Minister’s heartfelt reaction

to the tragedy shows how important this issue is to him. He

says we are both are parents, as well as leaders, and we will

bring both these perspectives to our discussions.

     Justice Minister Ross Landry is meeting on Wednesday (April

24th), with federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson. Mr. Landry

wants to make the circulation of intimate images without consent

a crime.

     Premier Dexter says he will do everything in his power to

act on this shared priority.

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