Meeting of justice ministers: Goertzen wants crackdown on knives, illegal guns

By The Canadian Press and News Staff

The Manitoba government says it will push for new measures to fight crimes committed with weapons at a meeting of Canada’s justice ministers this week in Nova Scotia.

Manitoba Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen wants the federal government to make it harder for people to get bail if they are accused of using a knife while committing a crime.

Goertzen also wants a crackdown on 3D-printed firearms. He says the guns are part of an increasing trend in illicit firearms.


“The meeting will be an opportunity to discuss Manitoba’s priorities related to public safety, including the increased prevalence of violent crime, which continues to concern Manitobans,” Goertzen said in a statement.

“We need urgent action by the federal government when it comes to matters of serious and violent crime and that is the message we will bring to these meetings.”

Goertzen says he also wants the meeting to address First Nations and Inuit policing, as well as online sexual abuse of children and youth.

The meeting of federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers takes place Oct. 12-14 in Nova Scotia.

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