Over the past year the Senate Human Rights Committee has visited almost 30 prisons, where members were most struck by the 'hopelessness' of inmates.
Members of the Senate Human Rights Committee, from left, Senators Nancy Hartling, Wanda Thomas Bernard, Kim Pate, and Jane Cordy, walk through the Atlantic Institution, a men’s maximum security facility in New Brunswick.
Photograph courtesy of Senate of Canada
Unlike some of her peers, as a social worker and human rights activist Nova Scotia Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard had visited prisons long before the committee she chairs launched its sweeping study of inmates’ human rights.
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Liberal MP Steve MacKinnon, who spoke for all but one Liberal on the committee, says a comprehensive account on the affair is already in the public record, pointing to 13 hours of committee testimony and the commissioner