PM Stephen Harper unveils victims' rights bill

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced legislation on Thursday to give victims of crime a better...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced legislation on Thursday to give victims of crime a better voice. (DAVE THOMAS/QMI Agency)

Kevin Connor, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:49 PM ET

TORONTO — Joe Wamback has waited 15 years for the government to give victims' rights some teeth in the justice system.

In 1999, when his son Jonathan Wamback was 15 years old he was swarmed, savagely beaten, disabled and left clinging to life by a group of thugs in Newmarket, Ont.

Since then Wamback formed the Canadian Crime Victim Foundation so people like his son wouldn't fall through the cracks of the justice system.


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