Of the many topics discussed by Canada’s justice ministers during their two day meeting in Halifax, a big one was the inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley told the Alberta Morning News that work is in progress.
“At this point the federal government is taking care of the cost of that, so that is good to see,” she said. “As we understand the inquiry will be very wide ranging and will look into all the root causes, obviously that’s very important.”
Another major concern was keeping roads safe when the Liberals move forward with their plan to legalise marijuana. The ministers learned the government is making strides in finding a machine that will help identify impaired driving through drug use.
“Well there are early reports out of various places that they have such a device, but no such device has been approved,” Ganley said. “With alcohol testing those devices are approved by the federal government under the Criminal Code. With respect to marijuana we don’t have any confirmation yet of how any of those work.”
At the end of the two day meeting Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould pledged to hire more judges, news that’s especially welcome in Alberta after a murder charge was stayed because of an unreasonable delay to get to trial. (kb/amn)