Robert Phillip Kaplan
Hon. Bob Kaplan (York Centre):
Mr. Speaker, the Government claims to be very proud of its record in dealing with the plight of victims of crime, yet it is obvious that there is still a long way to go. A case brought to my attention by the Sexual Assault Support Centre in Ottawa reveals a real scandal. A woman, who is the victim of an assault charge being tried in Vancouver, has been offered her plane fare to go to Vancouver to testify in the case, but she has been refused assistance to bring her two and a half-year old child with her. How can she go to Vancouver to testify in this case if she cannot bring her child with her?
If justice requires that she be there and the provincial Government, with the assistance of a federal cost-sharing program, is prepared to bring the woman to testify, to see that justice is done in that case, it is only fair that her child should also be brought out with money from the same coffer. I condemn the Government for not having brought in a program large enough in order to prevent scandals like this from taking place.
Subtopic: ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic: PROSPECTIVE WITNESS REFUSED CHILD TRAVEL EXPENSES