Ottawa – I applaud our Government. Congratulations to Prime Minister Harper.
For the first time ever, Victims rights have been included in Throne Speech and Federal Budget. For over 5 years I have been working and pressuring governments to allow parents of murdered children access to extended EI benefits to assist them financially
This is a start and I will continue to push untill long term benefits are available. Joe
Increasing Support for Victims of Crime
One of the most common frustrations that victims of crime report is that they feel excluded from the Canadian justice system. They want to be heard and respected. Canadians who have been the victim of a crime deserve to have a strong advocate within government. Budget 2006 announced the Federal Victims Strategy, which enhanced programming, and created the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime. Building on this investment, Budget 2010 provides funding of $6.6 million over two years, to enhance support for victims of crime, including providing facilitated access to EI sickness benefits for eligible workers who have lost a family member as a result of a crime.