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e-4767 (Public safety)

Initiated by Alina Durham from Chilliwack, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • The number of missing persons who went missing in Canada in 2022 rose over the previous year by 9%;
  • Of the 64,727 persons reporting missing that year, 33,393 were adults; and
  • A gap exists in Canada's missing persons protocol with Amber Alerts only issued if the victim is under the age of 18.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to support motion M-89 which calls on the federal government to work with the provinces and territories to expand protections for victims of crime over the age of 18, by amending the criteria for the activation of an Amber Alert for missing persons so that it may be activated by authorized users within law enforcement agencies when all of the following are met:
(a) police have reasonable grounds to believe that the victim has been abducted;
(b) police have reasonable grounds to believe victim is in imminent danger;
(c) police have obtained enough descriptive information about the victim, abductor or the vehicle involved; and
(d) police believe that the alert can be issued in a time frame that will provide a reasonable expectation that the victim can be returned or the abductor apprehended.
Open for signature
January 23, 2024, at 10:08 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 22, 2024, at 10:08 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Mark Strahl
Conservative Caucus
British Columbia