POLITICS

Justice Minister MacKay meets with crime victims group

08/19/2013 01:58 EDT | Updated 10/19/2013 05:12 EDT
A group in Saskatoon is pushing the federal government to provide more help for victims of crime.

The Saskatchewan Crime Victims group is lobbying to receive adequate compensation for people injured by criminal activity.

The group met this morning in Saskatoon with Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who said some victims he's talked to feel forgotten in the court process.

"Throughout the entire process of initial plea, trial, sentencing, the victim was never mentioned," he said. "The crime was mentioned, but the individual and the impact didn't appear to register anywhere."

These talks are part of an effort to create a Victims Bill of Rights.

"A bill of rights entrenches and creates, in my view, a legislative balance where victims, their advocates, their representatives can go and say, 'This is my right. It is protected. It has to be considered,'" he said.

The total cost of crime is nearly $100-billion dollars every year, he said. More than $14-billion is lost by victims for things like medical care and lost wages.