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.
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.