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August 20, 2003
Lindsey's Law Gets Boost from Ontario, PEI Government
"Momentum growing" says Lunn
August 20, 2003
SIDNEY: Gary Lunn today announced that Lindsey's Law is gaining the support
of Provincial Solicitors General from coast to coast. Lunn wrote to Provincial
governments seeking their support for his Bill - named for missing person Lindsey
Nicholls - on June 24th.
Lunn's Bill (C-441) calls for the creation of DNA databases of unidentified
human remains and missing persons in order to compare those samples against
the over 6,000 unidentified samples collected from crime scenes across the country.
"PEI has expressed its complete support for the initiative and written
to the federal Solicitor General accordingly," said Lunn, "In addition,
Ontario Solicitor General says his government will support my bill as long as
amendments are included to protect personal privacy rights of victims and their
Lunn indicated that he would be pressing for the amendments suggested by Ontario
without hesitation, to clear the way for their support. In addition to PEI and
Ontario, Saskatchewan has also expressed its interest in C-441 (Lindsey's Law).
"Saskatchewan Minister of Justice Eric Cline has written and said his
government will be considering the implications of expanding the federal DNA
database to cover unidentified human remains and DNA from missing persons,"
continued Lunn, "I hope to convince Minister Cline that this is exactly
what needs to be done. The implication is clear - we will be able to bring closure
to the uncertainty that families of missing people have lived with for years."
"I am greatly heartened that the Provinces of PEI, Ontario and Saskatchewan
have all seen the merits in this legislation," concluded Lunn, "It
is my hope that we can translate this momentum into action from the Solicitor
General before the next general election."