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BILL C-478 – Time for Change


April 25, 2013

Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada, Rob Nicholson announced the Governments Support for Private Members Bill C-478, The Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act.   The Bill was sponsored by MP James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake) and will restrict parole eligibility for some of the most violent murderers in Canada.

In a press release, Nicholson said; “Our Government is committed to keeping our streets and communities safe by ensuring that the most dangerous criminals are kept off our streets and standing up for the families of victims of crime.  I applaud my colleague James Bezan for his efforts to keep our communities safe and to spare families and loved ones of murder victims from being re-traumatized by repeated parole hearings for convicted murderers.”

Bill C-478 provides an amendment to the Criminal Code of Canada to increase sentencing for offenders convicted of murder in relation to kidnapping, abduction or sexual offences.  In these cases, offenders would not be eligible for parole for twenty-five (25) years.  Under the Bill, a Judge would then have the discretion to raise parole eligibility to a period of up to forty (40) years based on existing Criminal Code criteria.

“The most vile and deranged murderers in our society are eligible for a parole hearing every two years after their 25 years have been served, and that is morally wrong,” said Bezan. “It is at parole hearings that victim’s families are forced to re-live the trauma and confront those who brutalized their loved ones. This legislation would empower our courts to change this.”

The Press release indicates the Bill is in keeping with the Conservative Governments agenda to hold violent criminals accountable, enhance victims rights and increase the efficiency of the Justice System.

INSIDER COMMENTARY:

This Bill targets Canada’s most notorious killers who’ve committed some of the most heinous crimes imaginable.  Killers like Clifford Olson, Paul Bernardo, Robert Pickton, David Threinen, Russell Williams, Michael Rafferty and Terri-Lynn McClintic and a long list of others.

The Bill will take great strides to support surviving family members who are continually traumatized by senseless never-ending Parole Hearings for offenders who will likely never be released from jail.

The Police Insider encourages you to lend your voice in support of Bill C-478 by commenting on this story or by writing to your member of Parliament.

RELATED LINKS:

Government Press Release – Bill C-478

MP James Bezan’s Web Site

5 Comments

  1. James G Jewell

    Appreciate your comments.

    Thank you!

  2. I support the bill, but it doesn’t do enough. Here in Ontario the system rarely does what it’s intended to do. Ontario seems to be a law unto itself.

    My heart goes out to all victims and their families. It’s mind boggling how incredibly courageous you all are. (hugs)

  3. I just spent a week with Sharon Rosenfeldt in Ottawa. We were together in several victim forums, and helped start the creation of the Canadian Victim Bill of Rights.

    Rather than repeat what Sharon told me, read her exact quotes here and if this doesn’t make you cringe, I don’t know what will.

    From: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/canada/no-parole-discounts-for-multiple-murderers-nicholson-43895.html

    “When Clifford Olson was sentenced to life imprisonment for the deaths of the 11 children, I honestly thought that he would be in prison for the rest of his life, which he may be. What I didn’t know was that there would be a faint hope clause and that I would have to appear, our family would have to appear every two years after he serves his 25 years. That bothered my husband and I very very much.”

    “The last week of his life, the last time that he was able to speak before he was heavily medicated, what he kept he saying over and over again, [was] ‘Parole, every two years. Parole, every two years.’

    “He really didn’t understand what he was saying. It hurt me. He jumped out of his bed, he was lying on the floor screaming about parole every two years… It broke my heart.”

    Gary Rosenfeldt died from brain cancer. (Feb, 2009 and Clifford Olson died Feb. 2011)

    Another example what Olson did to these 11 families was horrific… He actually wrote detailed letters to these families over the years, telling them exactly the horror he extracted on their children telling them “last words” etc, and who knows if he made them up or whatever.

    Olson applied for parole, so, in his words, “because I could”, knowing full well he would not be released, just to put the parents through it again.

    Listen to this… he even went to court, claiming his prison cell was too small for him and his “inflatable sex doll”. Can you believe that? Who knew that this was even allowed.

    I will stop here, as there is so much more to tell…

  4. I’m not sure what kind of parole accessibility offenders have who have received “dangerous offender” designations…I.m sure they get some kind of access….

    As far as I know, once the Crown convicts a person of First Degree Murder I don’t believe they ever follow that up with a dangerous offender application. I think they would view it as a redundant process and Lord knows they don’t need any extra work.

  5. Just a question James :how does the current dangerous offender legislation fail to meet this need?

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