Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for your testimony. It's very helpful.
I think most people around the committee have captured the essence of what this bill is: to stop victims from being revictimized, from living the trauma again and again of having to appear before the parole hearings, having lived the horror of the death of somebody close to them. While it's very good and fine to say that there are not very many instances of this happening, isn't one too many? That's a rhetorical question, but let me give you an example, the Clifford Olson example.
The case in question was Daryn Johnsrude, who was 16. He was murdered on April 21, 1981, by Clifford Olson. Olson applied for parole hearings in 1997, 2006, and 2010, and he was denied parole every time. Daryn had been brutally raped, tortured, and killed. He was one of the 11 murder victims of Clifford Olson. Three of the victims were boys and eight were girls. All were between the ages of 9 and 18. What was subsequently discovered was that Olson's tactic while in prison was to try to cause the victims' families as much suffering as he could by using the system to apply for parole and forcing the families to attend these very difficult hearings. Wouldn't you agree that the experience that Clifford Olson has put these people through is enough of an injustice to very much go to the side of victims, to stop them from being revictimized?
Even though it may be only three to five people, one's too many. What are your thoughts?