Tories reveal tighter pardon rules

CBC News

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews on Tuesday unveiled sweeping changes he said are meant to tighten up Canada’s system of criminal pardons.

Toews said the proposed changes to legislation would eliminate pardons and replace them with more narrowly defined criminal record suspensions.

The push for changes to the pardon system stemmed from the case of Graham James, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to sexual assault. Sheldon Kennedy, who went on to play in the NHL, and a second unnamed player came forward with the story of the sexual abuse they suffered when James coached their Western Hockey League teams from 1984 to 1995.

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