Official Opposition tackles sexual violence in the Legislature

September 11, 2018 at 12:09 pm

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During Question Period today, the Official Opposition will question the McNeil Liberals on the growing concerns of sexual assault survivors and the lack of support across Nova Scotia.

PC Leader Karla MacFarlane calls into question the Premier’s record on providing real solutions, while PC Caucus colleagues seek clear action on holes in frontline services.

“This government has the power to change how it confronts sexual assault,” says MacFarlane. “Survivors of sexual assault need immediate supports and those who would prey on innocent Nova Scotians need swift justice applied to them.”

MacFarlane and Cumberland South MLA Tory Rushton will introduce two bills relating to sexual violence, standing up for survivors and seeking real action from the McNeil Liberals.

MacFarlane is calling for amendments to the Provincial Court Act which would require provincial court judges to complete comprehensive and ongoing training on sexual assault law before taking the oath of office.

Rushton will introduce a bill that would require all post-secondary institutions to develop a sexual violence policy and to collect and report on the number and types of complaints.

“Survivors of sexual violence are not being supported in Nova Scotia,” says MacFarlane. “The PC Caucus will not wait any more for decisive action from this government. The time to act is now.”

Copies of both Bills can be found on the Nova Scotia Legislature website