Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Quebec cabinet minister didn't step over the line in naming homicide victims

QUEBEC - The office of Quebec Environment Minister Yves-Francois Blanchet named the three people who were found dead in a house in Trois-Rivieres last week, coming close to breaking the law Thursday.

Quebec's prosecutors office issued a statement on Feb. 13 saying it was asking police to investigate after certain media identified the three people.

Minors who are the victims of crime cannot be named if the accused are also minors — unless there is consent from the parents of the victims.

Police arrested two 17-year-old males in the three deaths, which occurred on Feb. 11. Two of the victims were also 17, while the other was the 22-year-old sister of one of them.

Blanchet's office issued a statement early Thursday afternoon in which he named the three victims and offered condolences to their loved ones.

Blanchet is the minister responsible for the region encompassing Trois-Rivieres.

The statement was quickly withdrawn from the Quebec government's website and was later pulled from the website of the agency that distributes government releases.

Rene Verret, a spokesman for the Crown prosecutors office, said the law states "no person shall publish the name of a child or young person, or any other information related to a child or a young person, if it would identify the child or young person as having been a victim of, or as having appeared as a witness in connection with, an offence committed or alleged to have been committed by a young person."

Verret said identifying the deceased without specifying they were the subject of a crime committed by an adolescent was not a violation of the law.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Submit a Random Act of Kindness
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media