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Provinces complain to feds about justice funding cuts, seek long-term cash – Vancouver Sun

by aanationtalk on November 8, 2012481 Views

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press November 7, 2012

OTTAWA – Federal ministers got an earful from the provinces over lack of money for justice programs, says a summary of their recent national meeting in Regina.

Provincial and territorial ministers responsible for justice and public safety raised concerns about funding cuts and a lack of long-term cash commitments, notes the federal communique.

They singled out the Youth Justice Services Funding Program and the Aboriginal Justice Strategy. Ministers also asked for more money for criminal legal aid, police recruitment and First Nations policing.

In addition, they requested “adequate notice and enhanced consultation” about the coming into force of federal crime bills — which can place an administrative burden on provinces.

Earlier this year, Parliament passed the federal omnibus crime bill, which imposes stiffer sentences for sexual offences against children, ushers in mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes and toughens penalties for violent young offenders.

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