In Edmonton, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and provincial Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer unveil their government’s legislation to create a provincial parole board. They are joined by Tom Burton, a councillor for the municipal district of Greenview and director for district 4 of the Rural Municipalities of Alberta.
Bill 18 would amend the Corrections Act and replace the Parole Board of Canada’s jurisdiction in Alberta on parole eligibility for inmates serving sentences less than two years in provincial correctional facilities. The legislation fulfills a commitment made by the United Conservative Party during the last election to combat crime, specifically property crime in rural Alberta. If Bill 18 is passed, the government plans to have the provincial parole board operating by January 1, 2021. Alberta’s initiative is modelled on provincial parole boards in both Ontario and Quebec. (no interpretation)