In accepting the serious responsibility entrusted to him by the Prime Minister of Canada, Senator Boisvenu has chosen to advance the cause of victims of crime to the highest levels of decision making in the country. The fate of his daughter Julie, murdered in cold blood by a repeat offender in June 2002, is central to his unconditional commitment to advancing and promoting a legal context that is more respectful of victims’ rights, not only in Quebec but in all parts of Canada.
Since being sworn in on March 3, 2010, Senator Boisvenu has unstintingly dedicated himself to improving legislation and services so that victims are given proper recognition in our society. Society has responsibilities toward those who have experienced unfair and irreplaceable losses. Adopting a Charter of victims’ rights is a project to this end. Every human being has the right to life and security of the person. Behind each drama there should be measures to make things easier for those close to the deceased victims. Senator Boisvenu has chosen to act positively; he has opted for the light at the end of the tunnel.