Those who are convicted sex offenders shouldn’t be allowed to change their names.
It’s that simple.
After United Conservatives were elected, we identified this as a major problem and promised to take action.
"Survivors of sexual abuse and trauma have to live with that trauma for the rest of their lives. I want to make sure that their offenders have to live under their own names." We will take all necessary measures to protect law-abiding Albertans. https://t.co/RcgeWzgVCR #ableg— Nate Glubish (@nateglubish) February 14, 2020
And that’s exactly what’s happening with Bill 28 which means sex offenders must live under their own names.
"Anyone convicted of a designated sexual offence under the Criminal Code would be banned for life from completing a legal name change in Alberta."— United Conservative Party of Alberta (@Alberta_UCP) June 25, 2020
Alberta to close loophole that allows sex offenders to legally change name#ableg https://t.co/VpTI2ETVXH
Under this new law, anyone over the age of 18 who wants to change their name would be required to submit a criminal record check.
Anyone convicted of a sexual offence under the Criminal Code would be banned from changing their name legally in Alberta for life.
This is just one piece, but an important one, to help protect victims and survivors of sexual abuse. It’s a loophole that’s existed too long.
Any case where a predator can hide their identity to a future victim is unacceptable and we won’t let it happen.