Source: (2002) Speech at the Connections 2002 Conference, "Conflict Resolution: Building a Culture of Peace", Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, June 13. Downloaded 19 January 2005.At the time of this speech, given at the opening conference plenary, Lawrence Macaulay was Solicitor General of Canada. He begins by noting the pressing needs in the world to seek common ground in resolving differences and conflicts. Hence, he continues, organizations that employ mediation and conflict resolution have an increasingly important role to play with respect to families, communities, criminal justice systems, and nations. On these bases, Macaulay focuses in his address on restorative justice as a growing and promising approach to conflict and wrongdoing. In particular, he highlights ways the Canadian government is seeking to integrate restorative justice ideas and practices in criminal justice policies and programs.