Conservative Government Reinstates Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act|
Ottawa, ON – November 27, 2013-Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River was pleased to hear the announcement of the reinstatement of the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act. On Monday, November 25th, Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Industry Minister James Moore with Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu announced the reinstatement of this act in Ottawa, helping ensure that public safety is paramount when dealing with persons found to be Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder (NCR).
“This act reflects our government’s commitment to maintain safe streets and communities for Canadians across the nation,” said Chris Warkentin.
The Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act helps address concerns through three main components:
· Putting Public Safety First - the legislation would explicitly set out that public safety is the paramount consideration in the decision-making process relating to accused persons found to be NCR.
· Creating a High-Risk Designation – the legislation would allow the courts to designate certain individuals found to be NCR as high-risk. Once designated as high-risk, an NCR accused must be held in custody until their designation is revoked by a court.
· Enhancing Victims’ Rights – the legislation would enhance the safety of victims by ensuring that their concerns are considered when decisions are made about accused persons found NCR. It would also help ensure they are notified when an NCR accused is discharged and where they intend to reside, and allow non-communications orders between an NCR accused and the victim.
The proposed reforms would not affect access to treatment for any NCR accused person, and are consistent with our commitment in the Speech from the Throne to support victims of crime and protect our communities.
“Our government is committed to addressing the challenges of mental illness in the criminal justice system, as well as protecting and respecting the rights of victim’s families,” commented Chris Warkentin.
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Our Government Takes Action to Crack Down on Cyberbullies |
November 21, 2013— Our government announced legislation to help keep our communities safer by cracking down on cyberbullies.
“Our Government is committed to helping ensure that our children are safe from online predators and from online exploitation,” said Chris Warkentin MP for Peace River. “We have an obligation to help put an end to harmful online harassment and exploitation.”
The proposed legislation would:
o ban the non-consensual distribution of intimate images
o empower the courts to order the removal of intimate images from the internet
o permit the court to seize the computer, cell phone or electronic device used in the offence
o provide reimbursement for victims
o impose a maximum penalty of five years in prison
While bullying has always been a concern, technology has given the bullies a worldwide audience to the humiliation and intimidation of their victims.
These actions can destroy lives. Recent tragedies have helped show the seriousness of this crime, and our Conservative Government is taking the necessary action to help prevent it.
“Through this legislation, our government is sending the message that the bullying and sexual exploitation of our children is a crime and will not be tolerated,” added Chris Warkentin.
This proposed legislation builds on our Governments continued efforts to crack down on cyberbullies and help stop online threats. Through resources such as NeedHelpNow.ca and our GetCyberSafe.gc.ca campaign, our Government is providing Canadians with the tools necessary to help protect themselves and their families.
For more information on Bullying Awareness Week, please visit the website www.bullyingawarenessweek.org.
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Member of Parliament Chris Warkentin Proud to Comment on 2013 Speech from the Throne |
Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament was proud to attend the Speech from the Throne in Ottawa, marking the commencement of the second session of the 41st Parliament. Governor General David Johnston spoke today of the themes that the government will pursue over the coming Parliamentary session.
1. Creating Jobs and Opportunities
The Conservative government will continue to encourage job creation and opportunities for Canadians while keeping the budget balanced and the economy strong.
2. Supporting and Protecting Canadian Families
In this session of Parliament, the Conservative government will continue to support and protect Canadian families and their values. The rights of victims will be put ahead of the rights of criminals. Hard-working Canadian families keep this country going by paying their taxes, respecting the rules and contributing to their community. The interests of these Canadians will be put first.
3. Putting Canada First
As Canada approaches its 150th anniversary, the Conservative government will promote Canadian sovereignty and keep Canadians secure in a changing world. Canada’s Armed Forces will be well equipped to ensure this.
In addition to these themes, the Throne Speech announced an agenda that works for Canadians in ways that impact them on a daily basis. The Conservative government will ensure that Canadians will be treated fairly by their banks, and television and phone providers. Taxes will remain low for everyday Canadians who understand their own needs best.
Chris Warkentin responded to the speech saying,
“Today's Speech from the Throne is great news for the Peace Country. I am proud to be part of a team that is committed to developing the conditions for opportunity, prosperity and security for all Canadians. Specifically the speech outlines our government's commitment to defending our local agriculture, forestry and resource sectors.
It also defines measures that will be undertaken to protect our kids and most vulnerable and hold criminals accountable for their actions. The speech also commits our government to keep taxes low for Canadian families and protect the interests of Canadian consumers. This is a great road map for the future of Canada and the Peace Country.”
Member of Parliament Chris Warkentin Announces Support for Grande Prairie’s 100th Anniversary in 2014|
(7/8/2013)GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alberta, July 8, 2013 – Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament (Peace River), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced an investment in the G.P. Century Play Society in support of the City of Grande Prairie’s 100th anniversary in 2014.
“From its origins as a small farming and agricultural settlement, Grande Prairie has become a dynamic urban centre that still maintains its strong sense of community,” said Mr. Warkentin. “It is an honour to represent this exceptional city in the Peace Country, and I look forward to celebrating this important milestone next year.”
In June 2014, the G.P. Century Play Society will present a community play in celebration and commemoration of Grande Prairie’s centennial. The play, which will explore the city’s history and heritage, will take place at Muskoseepi Park. It will involve the contributions of more than 100 local artists and the help of close to 300 volunteers.
“Beginning on Canada Day 2013, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will mark the first-ever Canada History Week,” said Minister Moore. “Canada History Week is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about the people and events that have shaped our great nation at the local and national level. The City of Grande Prairie has a rich history, and our Government is proud to create opportunities for Canadians to learn about it.”
Grande Prairie, named for the large expanse of land that borders its perimeters to the east, west, and north, was incorporated by the Province of Alberta in 1914. The G.P. Century Play Society is a local non-profit organization that was established specifically to produce a centenary-themed play in honour of the city’s 100th anniversary.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $20,000 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
Warkentin Proud to Host Grande Prairie Boys Choir in Ottawa|
(7/3/2013)GRANDE PRAIRIE, JULY 3, 2013 — The Grande Prairie Boys Choir has made Peace Country residents proud this week, performing throughout Ottawa. Hosted by MP Chris Warkentin, the group sang today on Parliament Hill. Earlier in the week, they also performed at the National Arts Centre for Canada Day festivities.
Warkentin said he was thrilled and proud to have the privilege to play host to the renowned choir.
Warkentin was on hand to introduce the group of young men and boys as they performed in the Parliament Hill Centre Block Rotunda.
“The Grande Prairie Boys Choir represented the Peace Country incredibly well,” said Warkentin. “Today, people from across Canada got to experience the amazing sound of our local talent. Everyone was very impressed by the boys’ professionalism and by the beautiful music these young guys make. It was a privilege and honour to host them in Ottawa, and to showcase them to the rest of our country.”
Warkentin Excited To Return to Parliament Following Historic Election|
(5/11/2011)Ottawa, ON – May 11, 2011 – Chris Warkentin, MP for Peace River, says he is excited about the outcome of the recent federal election and wants to thank the Peace Country for electing him to represent them a third time.
The election resulted in a record-setting win in the Peace Country, and a majority Conservative government.
The election saw Warkentin garner 75.8 per cent of the total vote, an all-time high in the riding. That percentage is the 10th highest in all of Canada.
Warkentin says he is excited about returning to the House of Commons and passing the popular 2011 budget the government introduced before the election.
This is third time the Peace Country has elected Warkentin to the House of Commons. The Conservative Party returns to Ottawa with 167-seat majority.
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