Omnibus Crime Bill: Ottawa Won't Give '$1-Billion Cheque For Ontario,' Justice Minister Says
CHARLOTTETOWN - The federal justice minister is rebuffing calls from Ontario to foot the costs of implementing the omnibus crime bill.
Rob Nicholson told his provincial counterparts today in Charlottetown that Ottawa has already committed to increase transfer payments by $2.4 billion.
Nicholson says the federal government "doesn't have a $1-billion cheque for Ontario."
Earlier this week, the Ontario government said the legislation will add more than $1 billion in increased police and court costs, reiterating its calls for the federal government to foot the bill.
Quebec Justice Minister Jean-Marc Fournier says the costs of Bill C-10 will amount to $500 million for his province.
Fournier says the provinces and territories have agreed to press Ottawa for consultation on the bill to identify costs and to look at implementation time frames.
Key Measures In Tory Crime Bill
The bill, known as the Safe Streets and Communities Act, includes the following measures: <em>With files from The Canadian Press</em> (CP/Alamy)
Child Sex Offences
Heftier penalties for sexual offences against children. The bill also creates two new offences aimed at conduct that could facilitate or enable the commission of a sexual offence against a child. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Tougher sentences for the production and possession of illicit drugs for the purposes of trafficking. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Violent And Young Offenders
Tougher penalties for violent and repeat young offenders. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
An end to the use of conditional sentences, or house arrest, for serious and violent crimes (GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)
Allowing victims to participate in parole hearings. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)
Extending ineligibility periods for applications for pardons to five years from three for summary-conviction offences and to 10 years from five for indictable offences. (Flickr: haven't the slightest)
Transferring Canadian Offenders
Expanding the criteria that the public safety minister can consider when deciding whether to allow the transfer of a Canadian offender back to Canada to serve a sentence. (JOEL ROBINE/AFP/Getty Images)
Allowing terrorism victims to sue terrorists and their supporters, including listed foreign states, for losses or damages resulting from an act of terrorism committed anywhere in the world.(STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Measures to prevent human trafficking and exploitation. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)