(Quebec) Transpartisanship on the issue of sexual exploitation reached its limits this week during the parliamentary committee studying the reform of the compensation scheme for victims of crime (IVAC). CAQ MP Lucie Lecours and Liberal MP Christine St-Pierre, who were co-chairs of the Special Commission on the Sexual Exploitation of Minors, now accuse each other of playing politics and lacking decency.
The issue at the heart of these tensions is rooted in Bill 84 by the Minister of Justice, Simon Jolin-Barrette, which proposes a historically demanded reform of the IVAC. The modernization of the system, accompanied by a sum of $ 193 million over five years, provides for the abolition of the list of admissible offenses, deemed obsolete, to admit all those who are victims of crimes against the person.
In the minister’s office, it was pointed out that this reform had been demanded for decades, but that previous governments never took the time to correct the regime’s problems. However, one aspect of Bill 84 also raises criticism, since it does not allow victims of crimes not eligible until now, but who would be once the bill is adopted, to obtain compensation for the victims. violence they suffered.
” I can not believe it. […] Montreal is the hub of sexual exploitation. We order girls like we order pizza. A victim of sexual exploitation who will take all her courage in both hands, who will go and denounce her attackers [avant l’adoption du projet de loi], we will tell him [qu’elle n’est pas admissible à l’IVAC] because there is no retroactive measure for those who have put their guts on the table? It’s disgusting ! I’m beside myself, ”thundered Liberal MP Christine St-Pierre on Thursday.
On Friday, the one with whom she shared the presidency of the Transpartisan Commission on the sexual exploitation of minors, Lucie Lecours, said she was “outraged to hear Mr.me Christine St-Pierre playing politics at the expense of victims of crime ”. She “invites the Liberal Party of Quebec and its spokespersons to show a minimum of decency in this emotional and important debate,” she said in a post on Facebook.
“The shortcomings of IVAC have been raised for more than 20 years and an in-depth reform has been called for just as long. The governments that preceded us in turn pledged to reform the regime, but did nothing. The Liberal Party was in power for 15 years during this period of time. They had neither the courage nor the heart to act, ”she denounced.
The Minister of Justice for his part said Thursday that he could “not redo the past”, but that his bill ” [ferait] so that crimes that were not covered [le soient] henceforth, including that of sexual exploitation ”. Mr. Jolin-Barrette, however, did not open the door to amending his bill so that victims of crimes who would in the future be eligible for IVAC benefit from a retroactive measure that would allow them to be compensated.