Tuesday September 23, 2014

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Victims need to be protected

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Dear editor,

What have we come to when someone like Vince Li can leave an institution unescorted, and without supervision, after beheading a fellow passenger and eating parts of his body?

The Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board, a provincial agency, ruled that Vince Li could leave the institution he is at without an escort.

The federal government was not a party to the case and cannot appeal the decision. That said, our government has introduced the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, which is currently in the Senate.

It would authorize a prosecutor to make an application to a court to designate an individual a high risk offender prior to them being discharged from custody.

An individual with this designation would not be allowed to go into the community unescorted. Escorted passes would only be allowed in narrow circumstances, and only if a plan is in place to address undue risk to public safety.

The provincial decision to grant Mr. Li unescorted trips is wrong. We call upon the provincial attorney general to appeal this decision.

Canadians expect that their justice system will keep them safe from high-risk individuals.

The Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act will protect the public from high-risk offenders; make public safety a paramount consideration when determining sentences; and ensure that the safety of victims is always considered when decisions are being made about people found not criminally responsible. 

Unlike the Liberals and NDP, our Conservative government believes that those who commit serious and heinous crimes must be kept off our streets. 

Our government has always put victims first, and always will.

 

Ed Komarnicki

Souris-Moose Mountain MP

 

 


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