Provinces complain to feds about justice funding cuts, seek long-term cash
An Ontario judge has stayed all charges against a 13-year-old boy who allegedly brought a gun to his elementary school because he was improperly strip-searched at the police station.
Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:40PM CST
A summary of a recent national meeting in Regina says federal ministers got an earful from the provinces over lack of money for justice programs.
It says provincial and territorial ministers responsible for justice and public safety raised concerns about funding cuts and a lack of long-term cash commitments.
They singled out the Youth Justice Services Funding Program and the Aboriginal Justice Strategy.
Ministers also asked for more money for criminal legal aid, police recruitment and First Nations policing.
In addition, they requested more notice and consultation about the coming into force of federal crime bills.
The meeting wrapped up last Thursday but the summary was not issued until late Tuesday as many eyes turned to the U.S. election results.