Saskatchewan has introduced new legislation that would allow police to warn people if their partners have violent criminal records, and it will allow people to request that information. If it is passed, Saskatchewan will become the first province to provide that kind of disclosure.
Police Chief Paul Ladouceur shares his thoughts, "As a police chief and as a police service, in general, we are supportive. Obviously, this is something that will increase safety for all those involved in relationships. Domestic violence occurs all too often, all we have to do is read in the news and we are seeing something on a daily basis where a victim is abused by their partner or sometimes worse, even killed. I think it's going to be something that's certainly will give people that peace of mind where a partner or potential partner can check to make sure that they are safe with the person they choose to date or start a relationship with."
"We've seen this in other countries, it comes from the UK and obviously, this government has had a close look at that legislation and has brought it to our province. We are the first province in Canada to introduce it so it will be interesting for sure. If you don't want your name out there about being violent, its very simple, don't abuse partners and your name and information won't be released. Obviously, if someone has been accused or convicted of domestic violence, then that is something that, certainly in my view, people should be aware of for their own personal safety."
Clare's Law is now onto its second reading on its way to becoming a law.