November 15, 2018
Hon. Kevin Sorenson, M.P., (Battle River-Crowfoot)
The family of Tori Stafford had to endure the terrible injustice of the Liberal government’s refusal to use their power to put her murderer, Terri-Lynne McClintic, back behind bars. The public pleas of the eight-year-old rape and murder victim’s bereaved father to have McClintic transferred out of the minimum secure healing lodge only moved Trudeau to mock and malign the Opposition. It was only after weeks of pressure from Conservatives and Canadians all across this country that Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale, finally did what was right in the name of public safety; he used the power he had all along to put this killer back where she belonged.
On April 30th, 2010, McClintic was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for the first degree murder of Tori. (Enough has already been said about the horrific details of the repeated assault preceding Tori’s brutal killing.) While serving her sentence at the maximum Grand Valley Institution for Women, in 2012 McClintic was charged with the violent assault of another inmate after kicking her and stomping on her head while she lay on the floor. The Crown argued for a six month sentence in light of the fact it was McClintic’s tenth conviction, she had shown no remorse and in a letter intercepted by the guards she wrote to a friend, she “would have preferred a bigger room – then I could have really done some damage.”
How after only eight years into a life sentence, violent behaviour while incarcerated and no aboriginal heritage according to her family was this murderer placed in the Okinawa Ohci Healing Lodge? According to Correctional Services Canada’s website, the lodge contains single and family units where inmates can have their children. Just this past week, an inmate walked away from this unfenced minimum secure correctional facility. And, how could Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale, defend the move by claiming it was “the best way forward to both rectify her bad practices in the past, but also keep the public safe” and that he didn’t have the ability to reverse the decision.
In the wake of the Liberal’s announcement that McClintic would in fact be returned back into a secure prison, many reporters wrote about Goodale’s ridiculous statements and Trudeau’s defence of the indefensible. The National Post’s Chris Selley wrote on Nov., 11th, “The McClintic debacle exposes Liberals’ gigantic blind spots.” Admonishing the Liberals for not being “suitably chastened”, Selley further wrote, “The Trudeau gang has galaxy-sized blinds. They continue to do and say objectively bizarre things with supreme adamantine confidence. You simply cannot expect any society to accept that it’s safe to put Tori Stanford’s murderer in a facility from which she could literally walk away.”
Well, if you are a Trudeau Liberal you certainly could and would expect it because as the National Post’s, Kelly McParland wrote on Nov. 14th, “The Liberals have been in power for three years, yet, if anything, their grasp of public sentiment seems to be slipping, ” as they continue to “project image over listening.” I couldn’t agree more! They ignored Canadians from coast to coast to coast; defeated a Conservative motion that was introduced and debated in the House of Commons to reverse the decision but most shockingly, turned a deaf ear and cold shoulder to grieving father.
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