Duhaime promises public sex offender registry

Duhaime promises public sex offender registry


 QUEBEC | Éric Duhaime has pledged to set up a public sex offender registry if he is elected Prime Minister on October 3.   

He made the announcement in front of the Parliament Building on Monday morning, along with lawyer Marc Bellemare and activist Sophie Dupont.  

“I make the solemn commitment here before you that under a Conservative government, from the first year of our mandate, we will set up this famous public register of sex offenders, in order to protect victims, children, and to inform the public with complete transparency.” 

In the 2018 election, François Legault made the same commitment, but the register never materialized during the CAQ's tenure, a “betrayal” according to Eric Duhaime.  


While the Conservatives' desire to create a sex offender registry is clear, the form that this registry would take is less so. Éric Duhaime said he wanted to draw inspiration from the Alberta model which “seems to him to be the most convincing”. He also cited the “California model” as an example.  

Marc Bellemare added that registers of this type are “very variable” in the United States, where there is one in each state. “Some states where we give the addresses, in others we don't give them, we give the neighborhood, we give the city, we give the name, it varies from state to state,” explained the lawyer. 

“We are not here to tell you what type of register. We would like to at least work on it, ”he added.  

A simple operation? 

Creating a sex offender registry is a simple operation, because it only involves to make public data that the government already has at its disposal, argued Marc Bellemare. 

However, since criminal law is a jurisdiction shared between the federal and provincial governments, this operation could be more complicated. “We looked to do it. This poses legal challenges because of the protection of personal data. It's not as simple as Mr. Duhaime says,” Prime Minister François Legault reacted. 

The Conservative leader is not of this opinion. 

“We asked ourselves this question. Except why would it be more complicated in Quebec than in other Canadian provinces. Why in other Canadian provinces was it possible, and why in Quebec it is not? As far as I know, we are governed by the same constitution,” said Éric Duhaime.  

People's Justice

One of the most common criticisms of registries like the one proposed by the Conservatives is that making information public to About sex offenders increases the risk of people taking the law into their own hands.  

Faced with this possibility, the Conservative leader argued that a list of 1,200 sex offenders is already public on the Facebook page run by Sophie Dupont, and that no such incident has occurred. is produced so far.  

“In the balance of inconveniences, we clearly chose to take the side of the victims,” ​​added Éric Duhaime. 

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