Worried about the frantic pace of the reform of the Compensation for Victims of Crime (IVAC) program, the opposition is asking the Minister of Justice, Simon Jolin-Barrette, to put the pedal down.
In one voice, the three opposition parties and community groups asked him on Friday to postpone the clause-by-clause study of Bill 84, which is due to begin next Tuesday, the final step before its adoption at the Salon Bleu.
Given the scope of this piece of legislation, a reform requested for many years to better meet the needs of victims, and the little time they have, they ask to be reassured by Simon Jolin-Barrette as to his intentions.
“It is unthinkable that this bill will not be the subject of more extensive consultations. I invite the Minister of Justice to add three words to his vocabulary: dialogue, respect and compassion ”, declared the criminal lawyer and former Minister of Justice, Marc Bellemare, in a virtual press conference on Friday morning.
Since 1972, the IVAC has provided financial compensation for victims of crime every two weeks, whether they have a job or not at the time of the crime, he explained. However, Bill 84 cuts all financial assistance to unemployed victims at the time of the event and capped assistance at three years for those who had one, he gave as an example.
“The impression that [le ministre] The result is that he has no intention of amending his bill. We want to be sure that he will take into consideration what was said by the groups in consultation, ”expressed concern for her side the solidarity member Christine Labrie.
Bill 84, the details of which were unveiled on December 10, is one of the most significant changes to IVAC since its implementation in 1972.
By expanding the list of victims eligible for the regime to any person recognized as a victim of crimes against the person, Minister Jolin-Barrette declared that he wanted an IVAC “much more human”, he who had criticized “rigidity” and “insensitivity” system in the past.