WINNIPEG – What should be done to fix our ailing justice system?
A recent public policy report ranked Manitoba’s system the worst in the country.
But Manitoba Justice Minister Heather Stefanson says you can’t point fingers at one specific part of the justice system.
“I think that there is many different areas where it creates the backlogs within a system. Even just transporting prisoners from one jurisdiction to another, it takes time. The sheriffs could be caught up. We need to work together, across different government levels. It is a significant challenge to try and develop a solution.”
She says a full review of the justice system will be done, but she stresses that changes will take time.
“Certainly, what’s taken more a decade to get to where we are will not be able to be fixed overnight. It’s a very complex issue that will take some time to resolve but we are very committed to that. I’m not a big believer that we need to throw more money at a system. I think we can create efficiencies within the system that we’ve got. And that’s what we need to do here.”
The report gave Manitoba a ‘C’ because of long waits, public perception and skyrocketing costs.