Attorney-General defends legislationThe Globe and Mail
Tuesday, April 4, 2000
Toronto -- A proposed law to make parents pay for their children's crimes doesn't violate any constitutional rights, Ontario Attorney-General Jim Flaherty said yesterday.
The Parental Responsibility Act, to be tabled in the legislature today, is intended to help victims of petty crime sue perpetrators' parents in small-claims court.
The legislation is likely to attract legal challenges, since it would hold one individual responsible for the crimes of another -- a potential violation of the Charter of Rights, Mr. Flaherty conceded. CP
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