On April 3, the federal government introduced a Canadian Victims' Bill of Rights and Justice Minister Peter MacKay said that  victims' rights will now be "at the heart" of the justice system.

For a story in the Globe and Mail, reporter Sean Fine interviewed MLI senior fellow Benjamin Perrin, a legal expert and a strong advocate of victims' rights. Fine wrote that "Benjamin Perrin, a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy, said some of the bill's provisions could have a dramatic impact on victim rights, but added that he was disappointed that the bill specifically denies victims the right to be observers at judicial proceedings."

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