The federal government has now left a key victim-rights watchdog role vacant for more than nine months.
There has been no federal ombudsman for victims of crime since Oct. 1. The Department of Justice only launched an application process for the job at the end of February.
Conservative senator and longtime victim-rights advocate Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu recently criticized the delay in filling the “vital” position — which he argued should be made into a more independent officer of Parliament.
Boisvenu told a House of Commons committee in June that an ombudsman could have been a strong voice for victims’ families during the ongoing inquiry into
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