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Parole officers still floundering from Harper budget cuts, says union head supporting Tory parole board motion

By Mike Lapointe      

The Conservative opposition motion condemning the decision made by the Parole Board of Canada that led to Marylène Lévesque death passed unanimously in the House on Feb. 5.

Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus, left, and NDP MP Jack Harris, right. Mr. Paul-Hus, his party's public safety critic, says the committee tasked with investigating the parole board's decision 'will have all of the space to ask all of the questions we need to have some answers.' Mr. Harris, his party's public safety critic, says there is a whole set of circumstances surrounding this case that 'are very troubling indeed that led to the death of this young woman.' The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

The head of the union representing federal safety and justice workers says he supports a Conservative opposition motion to conduct hearings into the Parole Board of Canada decision that led to the alleged murder of 22-year-old Marylène Lévesque last month by a man out on day parole. And although he says he applauds the Liberal government’s focus on getting offenders back into society, his colleagues don’t have the necessary resources to make that happen.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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