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Manitoba Seeking Stiffer Penalties for Criminals

January 23, 2012 7:31 AM | News

Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan will be in Charlottetown, PEI this week, where he’ll encourage the federal government to impose stiffer penalties for those who commit knife crimes, home invasions and carjackings.


“These are dangerous offences and peoples’ lives can be at stake,” Swan said. “Our government believes that criminals who commit offences such as these need to answer for the consequences of their actions.”

Swan will attend the meeting of justice ministers beginning Tuesday through Thursday where he’ll push for mandatory sentences for knife crimes and new stand-alone offences for carjackings and home invasions with sentences that reflect the seriousness of the crimes. Among other agenda items, Swan will seek Criminal Code penalties for unlawful use of body armour, continued funding for the police recruitment fund, and stable and reliable federal funding for legal aid.

“Manitobans have the right to feel safe in their neighbourhoods and their homes. These changes would help us move in the right direction to build safer communities.”

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