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Federal Ombudsman Supports Long-gun Registry

OTTAWA (Ontario), September 20, 2010 — Sue O'Sullivan, Canada's new Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, today met with the Minister of Justice to recommend that Canada maintain its long-gun registry.

"In the few short weeks since my appointment, I have had the opportunity to begin an important dialogue with national victims' groups on a number of issues, including the long-gun registry," explained Ms. O'Sullivan. "Though there is no consensus, the majority of victims' groups we have spoken to have made it clear: Canada should maintain its long-gun registry."

Ms. O'Sullivan explained that while the long-gun registry should not considered the only solution to gun violence, it is one tool that can be used to help prevent further victimization and keep communities safer.

"The Government created this Office to be a strong voice for victims and, that is exactly what we are doing today," explained Ms. O'Sullivan. "I have shared with the Minister my view that we should maintain the long gun registry and though we may not agree, I am encouraged that he has taken the time to listen to the voice of victims of crime in Canada."

The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime helps victims to address their needs, promotes their interests and makes recommendations to the federal government on issues that negatively impact victims.

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Media contact

Christina McDonald
Telephone: 613-941-3428
Email: christina.mcdonald@ombudsman.gc.ca