Ontario took a leadership role in improving the justice system across Canada this week when justice and public safety ministers met in Regina.
Ontario led the discussion in three key areas:
- Asking the federal government to improve the safety of witnesses testifying in criminal proceedings by amending the Criminal Code.
- Modernizing gaming provisions in the Criminal Code to keep up with current issues such as technology and municipal interest to use proceeds from charitable gaming.
- Responding to situations when a judge makes comments suggesting that a police officer has been deliberately untruthful under oath. Ontario is formalizing its longstanding approach to such allegations.
Ontario also advocated for making improvements to address cyber bullying and the distribution of images without consent.
This is part of the McGuinty government's plan to make the justice system more accessible, focused and accountable.