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Government requires harsher sentences in violence against indigenous women


Last updated 4/8/2020 at 1:56pm


The government is handing down harsher sentences for violence against women.

OTTAWA, Ont.-The federal government will adopt changes to its criminal justice legislation, Bill C-75, which will require judges to consider harsher sentences in cases of violence against Indigenous women, according to a motion from Justice Minister David Lametti.

Lametti said the changes to the bill are "in the spirit of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls," and will recommend harsher penalties for those who commit crimes against Indigenous women.

The government's decision was welcomed by Independent Sen. Lillian Dyck, who proposed the amendments to a Senate co...

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