#minorsextrafficking | Alberta moves to block sex offenders from changing their names

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Saskatchewan has moved to adopt a similar legislation and Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish said he’s pushing the rest of the provinces to adopt it to prevent sex offenders from hiding elsewhere.

“This problem does not stop at our borders,” he said.

Critics of the UCP government question its commitment to crime victims, citing its plan to divert some victims’ funding to police and prosecutors’ use under Bill 16.

“We should not be picking up the tab for the justice system, they’ve already paid enough,” said NDP Justice Critic Kathleen Ganley said in the legislature Wednesday.

She noted victims’ groups are expressing concern over the proposed changes.

But Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer said that victims’ fund has grown by $20 million and its use expanded to help more crime survivors.

“We’ll continue to grow this program … Don’t listen to the NDP, they’re trying to scare you,” he said.

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