Jim Bronskill of the Canadian Press has reported that the Conservative Government plans to table legislation to introduce sentences of life in prison without parole. According to Bronskill, Justice Minister Peter McKay says that the provisions would be applied very narrowly, citing cases of multiple murder, sexual assault or crimes against children.
“This is a government that emphasizes punishment, punishment, punishment, when the purpose of our corrections system is to build safer communities by rehabilitating those who are in the prison system,” said NDP public safety critic Randall Garrison.
Currently, the maximum sentence is life in prison with a chance of getting parole after 25 years. A person serving a life sentence may not be paroled after 25 years. The Parole Board of Canada is responsible for determining who is eligible for parole.
Prosecutors also have the option of seeking a Dangerous Offender designation for accused people, which is a legal mechanism already in place to keep dangerous people separated from society indefinitely.