Tories expected to crack down on child predators

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announces funding for the Centre d'expertise Marie-Vincent de Montreal, which provides aid to child victims of sexual assault Thursday January 24, 2013.



OTTAWA - Justice Minister Rob Nicholson will announce tougher measures Monday to crack down on people who commit crimes against children.

The details were unknown, but the government has indicated that it wants harsher penalties against those in positions of authority or trust who harm kids.

"Young victims of crime have been a priority for this government and you can expect to see tougher measures for those who harm children," said Julie Di Mambro, a ministerial spokesperson.

"Crime remains a serious issue and the government's ultimate goal is to ensure that Canada's streets and communities are safe places for people to live, raise their families and do business."

Last week in an address to his Conservative caucus, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said safer streets and communities were among four key priorities for the government in 2013.

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