Legal and Constitutional Affairs – December 3, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – December 3, 2014

Conservative MP Dave MacKenzie discusses his private member’s bill to transfer the authority to grant an escorted temporary absence for inmates convicted of first- or second-degree murder from federal prison wardens to the Parole Board of Canada. Wardens would retain the authority to grant ETAs for medical emergencies. Bill C-483 was originally introduced in the House of Commons in 2013 and reinstated at the start of the current parliamentary session.
Kim Hancox, the widow of a murdered police officer, expresses her support of the bill. One of the two women convicted of her husband’s murder was granted an ETA from a prison warden, even though the Parole Board had previously denied the privilege.
Catherine Latimer, executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada, and Mary Campbell, former director general of the Corrections and Criminal Justice section at Public Safety Canada, outline their concerns with the proposed legislation. (December 3, 2014)