Prime Minister Trudeau hears stories from victims of violent crime in Montreal – Montreal |

During a panel discussion at the Sun Youth headquarters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had the opportunity to hear different stories.

Victims of violent crime, most supported by the nonprofit organization, detailed their experiences, all with a different message.

“There were a lot of different perspectives that came out of the table, a great diversity,” said Eric Kingsley, Director of Emergency Services for Sun Youth.

“I think the overwhelming thing was the need for prevention. Dealing with youth and having the resources for community organizations as well, I would say that was a big theme as well.”

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Homicides hit their highest level in five years, and gun murders tripled between 2020 and 2021.

Although Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has long demanded that the federal government ban firearms entirely, the Liberal government’s recent gun control legislation falls short.

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“We know there is no magic bullet to ending gun crime and the challenges our young people face,” Trudeau said. “But I know that by listening and working together, we will be able to solve many of these problems.”

Sun Youth says that over the past year and a half they have noticed an increase in demand for their program that helps victims of crime.

Betty Emmanuel received help from the organization last year after experiencing domestic violence.

She says that she first tried to seek help at a shelter, before finally finding refuge with Sun Youth.

“Everyone suffers and the system has to be a system that is fair and gives everyone a fair chance,” Emmanuel said.

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“Regardless of your color, religion or history, violence is violence and we’re all here for a little help.”

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