Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for your testimony. It is very much appreciated. The matter is really complex.
Ms. Malo, as I listened to your testimony, I understood that you are very much in favour of this bill. You stated that, when a verdict of not criminally responsible is handed down, the protection of the public is the first concern. It is paramount.
On June 5, Dr. Isabelle Gaston testified before this committee. She stressed the fact that our Bill C-54 would provide better protection for victims and for society in general. She said: “…this bill gives me greater hope that one day, the scales that are the symbol of our justice system will once again attain a certain balance for the parties involved.” She also said: “I have the impression that people are playing Russian roulette with my life. I don't feel protected, really, at this time.”
We also heard the testimony of another grieving mother, which echoed Dr. Gaston's. Her name was Carol de Delley, the mother of Tim McLean, who was killed in his sleep on a Greyhound bus. The murderer, Vince Li, got a verdict of not criminally responsible. We all know how barbaric the act was.
Ms. Malo and Mr. Samson, I would like you both to answer. Do you believe that Bill C-54 will provide better protection for victims, and for society in general?