moved for leave to introduce Bill C-492, an act to amend the Criminal Code (dangerous offender).
Mr. Speaker, the government has put forward a report through the solicitor general's office which states that during a 10 year period of time dangerous violent offenders who were released from prison committed 2,234 new violent crimes which unnecessarily created a pile of victims across the country.
The reason for that is that no one could retain these people because they could not be declared dangerous offenders at the time of their parole date or date of release.
This enactment would provide that an application under section 753 of the Criminal Code, finding that an offender is a dangerous offender, may be made earlier rather than following the date they are released from imprisonment for an offence while on parole or mandatory supervision, or on the date when the sentence expires.
Too many times front line officers and prison officials have said “Do not release this individual. He is dangerous and he will do it again”, but the law says we have to. This would prevent that from happening. We could retain people such as Fernand Auger, who murdered Melanie Carpenter. That is one example of the 2,234.
I encourage the government to support this bill.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)