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Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper is dedicated to building a stronger, prouder, more prosperous Canada by delivering real results for everyday Canadian families.  He has spent his entire political career standing up and speaking out for Canadians who work hard, pay their taxes and play by the rules.

As Prime Minister, Stephen Harper has delivered real action on the priorities of all Canadian families including:

  • Passing the tough new political fundraising rules that take the big money, corporations and unions out of political party financing.
  • Reducing the GST from 7% to 6% and now, to 5%.
  • Providing $1,200 per year, per child under six, that parents can spend on their own child care priorities.
  • Giving Canadians tax credits for money spent on transit passes, textbooks and kids’ sports.
  • Strengthening Canada’s product safety laws, including the first ever federal mandatory recall law, and new rules for what can be called a “product of Canada”.
  • Passing tough new laws that will keep gun criminals and sexual predators behind bars.
  • Taking real action on the environment with Canada’s first ever mandatory greenhouse gas emission regulations.
  • Investing in new patrol ships, satellite surveillance, and arctic rangers to protect our sovereignty over Canada’s North.

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Bezan tables bill to Increase Parole Ineligibility for Sadistic Murderers

James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman has tabled Bill C-266, “The Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act.”  This Bill seeks to extend the parole eligibility period for those convicted of the abduction, sexual assault and murder of an individual.

“I have reintroduced The Respecting Families of Murdered and Brutalized Persons Act because I want to empower our courts with the ability to increase parole ineligibility when sentencing individuals who have been convicted of abduction, sexual assault, and murder, from the current 25 years, up to a maximum of 40 years,” said MP Bezan.

The primary purpose of Bill C-266 is not to ensure that those convicted are kept behind bars; but rather, to spare the families of victims from having to attend unnecessary parole hearings every two years after the person’s 25 year sentence expires.  

“Sadistic murders who are convicted of the most heinous crimes of kidnapping, raping and killing their victims are never granted parole.  The ongoing parole board hearings are unnecessary and are extremely painful for the victims’ families to endure,” said MP Bezan. 

In 1975, the judge who sentenced David Threinen to life in prison, Justice Hughes, stated that Threinen should "never again be on the streets and roadways of our country."

The potential for a 40 year parole ineligibility period is only applicable for those convicted of abduction, sexual assault and murder of an individual.  In this Bill, the number of years one could be ineligible for parole is not a mandatory minimum, but is based on the discretion of the presiding judge.  Similar to other pieces of legislation that use judicial discretion, should an individual be charged with all three of the crimes listed in Bill C-266, the courts can set a parole ineligibility period anywhere from 25 to 40 years based on judicial discretion.   

In a statement in a Globe and Mail article after Clifford Olson’s 2006 parole hearing, the stepfather of one of Clifford Olson’s victims, Mr. Rosenfeldt stated, “What's really horrendous about this [the parole hearing] is this is only the beginning. We're going to have to do this every two years as long as Olson lives. And this is a very, very painful experience for myself, my family.” 

The seriousness of the offences set out in this bill will ensure that a parole ineligibility period would only be applied in cases where the murderer’s moral blameworthiness is very high for abduction, acts of sexual assault, and murder, and would be applied under judicial discretion, and not a mandatory minimum. By empowering the courts, rather than prescribing mandatory minimums, Charter compliance is ensured. 

Following MP Bezan's appointment by Prime Minister Harper to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, his first version of this bill, Bill C-487, was taken off of the order paper, which had already passed second reading.  Members of the government (Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries) are prohibited under Parliament Rules and Procedure from tabling Private Members' Bills. Following this, Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan—Shuswap, re-introduced this Private Member’s Bill and it progressed to third reading before the House of Commons rose.


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