Ottawa passes bill to tighten prison pardons

The National Post

MONTREAL – The Conservative government passed Bill C-23 in its third reading last night, introducing restrictions that will make it more difficult for repeat offenders convicted of serious crimes to obtain pardons after they have completed their sentences.

Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu served notice of that bill’s plan yesterday afternoon in Montreal, just hours before the third-reading Senate vote on the legislation, which will prevent Karla Homolka and others convicted of serious crimes — including sex offences and first-and second-degree murder–from obtaining pardons.

The bill passed "with relative ease" around 7 p.m., confirmed Carl Dholandas, a policy advisor in Mr. Boisvenu’s office.

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