Almost four years after the assassination of his daughter, Daphné Huard-Boudreault’s father implores the Minister of Justice, Simon Jolin-Barrette, to review his Bill 84, which is supposed to reform Compensation for victims of criminal acts (IVAC).
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The bill aims in particular to make assistance available to victims of crimes committed outside Quebec and to repeal the time limit for making claims for people who have suffered sexual crimes.
But according to Éric Boudreault, the reform also goes back on achievements, in particular with regard to the compensation of relatives who did not attend the crime scene.
“[Simon Jolin-Barrette] presents a draft reform of the IVAC (Law 84) which obstructs this jurisprudence and which means that a father placed in an identical situation
would no longer be eligible for income replacement. Only parents of minor children would be. Only those who would have visualized the crime scene before the arrival of the police would be, ”he denounced in an open letter published on Saturday.
The parents of Daphné Huard-Boudreault had fought for three years for the IVAC to consider them as full victims. They finally won their case in June before the Administrative Tribunal of Quebec.
Thus, IVAC must now cover their therapy costs and reimburse lost income for life, if they ever go on sick leave.
However, the reform of Minister Jolin-Barrette would tighten these advantages.
“It took me months to regain a clean sleep and over two years to regain the energy to return to work, despite intense therapy,” Eric Boudreault recalled on Saturday to illustrate the importance of this help for parents in their life. situation.
Her 18-year-old daughter was savagely killed by her violent former companion on March 22, 2017, in their home in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, on the South Shore.
Éric Boudreault arrived at the scene of the tragedy a few minutes after the police arrived. He says he remained traumatized after seeing his inert daughter being transported to the ambulance. However, these reasons did not allow him to be recognized as a victim, according to the old provisions of the IVAC.
In his fight to preserve the changes adopted in June by the Tribunal, Mr. Boudreault affirms that he is supported by the opposition parties, by numerous organizations and by his lawyer, Me Marc Bellemare.
However, he indicates that Minister Jolin-Barrette, who is also the Member of Parliament for his constituency, never addressed him.
“Every week he publishes a column in our local newspaper. He says he is proud of his bill and thanks the families for fighting to improve the law. For my part, it’s very frustrating to read that knowing that his bill would automatically exclude me from the help I needed to feed my family, ”lamented Daphné Huard-Boudreault’s father.
Joining their voices to Marc Bellemare, the three opposition parties formally asked the Minister of Justice on Friday to postpone the study of his vast bill, the last step before its adoption.
They are concerned that they will not have enough time to analyze each section of this huge piece of legislation.