Bill

C-343:  An Act to establish the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Criminal Acts and to amend certain Acts

Second reading.

Vote

Nay.

Rationale

The Bill proposes to give the Victims’ Ombudsman far greater power than comparable ombudsmen for other issues. There is insufficient evidence to justify such a dramatic expansion. By creating a new federal department, implementation of the Bill would require significant funding. It would therefore engage the Prime Minister’s prerogative and would also require a royal recommendation from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance. In addition, our Government is already reviewing the terms and conditions relating to the Ombudsman. A thorough analysis conducted in cooperation with the Ombudsman will produce better results than the measures proposed in Bill C-343. 

Result

Defeated.