OTTAWA — In Canada, advocating for victims of crime is apparently an Irish thing.
It's actually a Sullivan thing.
The federal government appointed a new Victims of Crime ombudsman Wednesday, replacing Steve Sullivan with … uh … Sue O'Sullivan.
O'Sullivan, most recently Ottawa's deputy police chief, took over from Sullivan on Monday.
The near-identical names — while it might save taxpayers on stationary — tripped up Justice Minister Rob Nicholson who referred to O'Sullivan as "Ms. Sullivan" five times Wednesday during the announcement.
"I want Ms. Sullivan (sic) to be a champion for victims in this country. We created this post. We want to hear from her and we want to hear the issues that she wants to raise and I think that’s to the credit of this government," Nicholson said. "The appointment of Ms. Sullivan (sic) is one part of the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to support victims of crime in this country."
O'Sullivan, a 30-year veteran of the Ottawa Police force, said she's keen to start working with and speaking up for victims of crime.
And she's not afraid of disagreeing with the government, if need be, she said.
"Throughout my career, I have seen firsthand the devastating impact that crime can have on victims and their families. What became clear to me, even though each victim was unique, every victim and every person that we helped shared a common desire and that was to be kept informed and to be heard," she said.
The federal Victims of Crime ombudsman office was created in 2007.