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June 27, 2008
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Attorney General Hosts Atlantic Ministers Responsible for Justice

Office of the Attorney General

At their second annual meeting, hosted by Attorney General Gerard Greenan in Summerside on June 27, 2008, Atlantic Ministers Responsible for Justice discussed updates on priority issues identified at last year’s meeting, potential cooperative efforts, and common issues and positions.

Minister Greenan led roundtable updates and discussion of issues including legal aid, organized crime, the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and an Atlantic study of cost impacts of new federal legislation.

The Ministers learned about recommendations from a Task Force on Criminal Justice Efficiencies aimed at increasing efficiency and reducing delays in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act in Nova Scotia, Cross Border Policing Acts in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and the New Brunswick Access to Family Justice Task Force.

“The meeting was very informative and we discussed a number of common issues,” said PEI Attorney General Gerard Greenan.

Other topics discussed included RCMP training in Atlantic Canada, enhancement of services at the RCMP crime lab in Halifax, and a potential Maritime-wide Public Safety Radio System. In addition, the Ministers toured the Atlantic Police Academy in Slemon Park.

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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