Stunning Achievement

Justice Minister to help victims’ families
Last updated Feb 1 2006 02:59 PM EST
CBC News

Quebec justice minister, Yvon Marcoux, is promising to make changes to the law that compensates the victims of criminal acts.

Commenting on the recent murder of 17-year-old Brigitte Serre, Marcoux admitted the financial help that’s currently available is simply insufficient.

The families of the victims of road accidents receive higher awards than the families of victims of criminal acts. The parents of Brigitte Serre will only receive $13,000 compensation. If she had been the struck by a car, her family would receive four times more, about $53,000.

Marcoux says the current system has been in place since 1972 and work is already being done to make revisions. He also plans to meet in early March with Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, who represents families of the victims of criminal acts.


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