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Attorney-General defends legislation

The 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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