Strong Sustainable Communities

JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF ORGANIZED CRIMES, STREET GANGS AND CULTS

WHEREAS organized crime, street gangs and cults erode healthy and sustainable communities;

WHEREAS organized crime, street gangs and cults place the safety, wellbeing and prosperity of individuals, families and communities at risk;

WHEREAS organized crime, street gangs and cults can harm the public, victimize individuals and families, and cause victims adverse and life threatening situations and circumstances;

WHEREAS the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, in its Preamble states that crime has a harmful impact on victims and on society;

WHEREAS the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, in its Preamble states victims of crime and their families deserve to be treated with courtesy, compassion and respect, including respect for their dignity;

WHEREAS the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, in its Preamble states it is important that victims’ rights be considered throughout the criminal justice system;

WHEREAS the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, in its Preamble states victims of crime have rights that are guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;

WHEREAS the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, in its Preamble states consideration of the rights of victims of crime is in the interest of the proper administration of justice;

WHEREAS the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, in its Preamble re-informed that the federal, provincial and territorial governments share responsibility for criminal justice;

BE IT RESOLVED the Ontario Liberal Party develop Criminal Law policy recommendations for both provincial and federal applications, including consultations with the Federal Department of Justice to - enact and increase harsher penalties, incarceration sentences and criminal code provisions for all indictable offences, for the prosecution of all forms of organized crime, street gangs and cult - violence, harassment, and cyber crime; and for any indictable individuals, in cases where possible - to increase deportations and expediate the process of removal from Canada;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Ontario Liberal Party develop Criminal Law policy recommendations for both provincial and federal applications, including consultations with the Federal Department of Justice to - enhance the administration of special programs such as Victim/Witness Assistance Programs, for victims of organized crime, street gangs and cult violence, harassment, and cyber crime.

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