Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris applauded Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to introduce legislation to keep Canadian families and their communities safe by ensuring that the most heinous criminals will be sentenced to life behind bars without possibility of parole.
Maguire said, "Westman residents expect their Government to protect them from the worst type of criminal, those who truly deserve to be called a menace to society."
This legislation will build on the Government's tough-on-crime measures to keep our streets and communities safe by ensuring that criminals who are convicted of the most serious murders or those who are convicted of high treason will be imprisoned for the rest of their natural lives with no access to parole. This will include a mandatory sentence of life without parole for first degree murders involving:
- Sexual assault;
- Kidnapping or forcible confinement;
- The killing of police officers or corrections officers; or,
- Any first degree murders that are found to be of a particularly brutal nature.
This legislation will follow through on the 2013 Speech from the Throne commitment to ensure that a life sentence means a sentence for life, building on the Government's ongoing commitment to keep Canada's streets and communities safe by holding violent offenders accountable and ensuring that the rights of victims are placed over the rights of criminals.
"I will always stand up for victims of crime and put their rights and interests ahead of criminals," said Maguire. "Our Conservative Government will continue to reform the justice system so it no longer allows the worst criminals to pose a risk to our communities."