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e-2767

Petition to the Minister of Justice

Whereas:
  • Saskatchewan has the highest rate of domestic violence among all provinces;
  • It is critical that at-risk individuals are protected from potential violence and abuse;
  • At-risk individuals should be informed of an intimate partner's past violent or abusive behaviour, including criminal convictions and a history of police responding to domestic violence complaints;
  • Saskatchewan unanimously passed the Interpersonal Violence Disclosure Protocol Act (Clare’s Law) to protect citizens from abuse; and
  • Section 8(1) of the federally legislated Privacy Act (which states that “personal information held by a federal government institution cannot be disclosed to a third party without the consent of the individual to whom it relates, except in circumstances that are provided for in the Act”) prevents the RCMP from enforcing Clare’s Law;
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Justice to Amend section 8(2) of the Privacy Act to include an additional circumstantial provision that would allow personal information under the control of a federal institution to be disclosed to a third party for the purpose of protecting an individual from interpersonal and domestic violence.

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