"If you do the crime, prepare to do the time" has been the Conservative mantra on crime for years and while it brings some sense of justice to victims, it doesn't prevent future cases and victimization from happening. Albeit, under Canada's laws, some criminals have managed to use the mentally-ill card to try to dodge justice.
In one case, a former Quebec cardiologist was let back onto the streets after being detained for 18 months for being found not criminally responsible for killing his two children in 2009 because his wife left him. Nothing can bring back the lives of those innocent young children, why should he be rewarded with his freedom? Furthermore, what guarantee does society have that this man isn't going to kill another person for another reason and then be tried as "not criminally responsible."
Another such example of a case that defies logic is the beheading of Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba in July 2008. The Manitoba review board ruled that Vince Li would be allowed to make supervised visits to the community last May. After beheading and cannibalizing an innocent man, why should Li be allowed back into society? What message does this send to McLean's family? That the justice system values Li's freedom more than the fact that he took their beloved's life?
McLean's mother Carol de Delley is pleased with the legislation, stating she was skeptical things were ever going to change.
"I'm very pleased that this has come about as quickly as it has," de Delley said.
"I've honestly felt, like everybody else, with government it's going to take forever and a day for anything to change."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the new legislation would enable authorities to put public safety first.
"We've heard from Canadians loud and clear, something here is very wrong," Harper said Friday.The current system has a board that assesses such cases and creates a plan "that both protects the public and attempts to provide opportunities to treat the underlying mental disorder."