Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Some of What's New in Justin Trudeau's Marching Orders to His Cabinet Ministers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Some of What's New in Justin Trudeau's Marching Orders to His Cabinet Ministers

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Justin Trudeau's cabinet marching orders

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OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave his ministers their formal marching orders on Friday. Much of what their so-called mandate letters contained came straight from the Liberal campaign platform, but there were some fresh details.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould:

-- Review litigation strategy to end appeals or positions that are not consistent with Liberal commitments, values, or the charter.

-- Assess changes made in the criminal justice system and sentencing reforms over the last decade to ensure they increase community safety, provide value for money and are aligned with the objectives of the criminal justice system.

-- Look at increased use of restorative justice processes and other initiatives to reduce the rate of incarceration amongst aboriginals.

-- Implement the recommendations from the Ashley Smith inquest regarding the restriction of the use of solitary confinement and the treatment of those with mental illness.

-- Modernize the criminal justice system in co-operation with the provinces and territories to improve efficiency and effectiveness. …

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