Ayer’s Cliff’s Goulet still in US jail

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month, Jus­tice Robert Barnes of the Fed­eral Court of Canada over­turned Public Safety Min­is­ter Vic Toews’ re­fusal to ap­prove Richard Goulet’s 2008 ap­pli­ca­tion to serve the rest of his sen­tence in Canada. The Min­is­ter, ac­cord­ing to this rul­ing, must now re­assess the ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore early March.

Goulet, of Ayer’s Cliff, who was ar­rested in 2006 as a con­spir­a­tor in a scheme to im­port and dis­trib­ute mari- juana, is now serv­ing a sen­tence of more than seven years in a United States Jail. It took the Public Safety Min­is­ter over two years to rule on Goulet’s trans­fer ap­pli­ca­tion and in late 2010, he re­jected it, de­spite the con­clu­sion by Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Canada that he was not a threat. It also noted that he suf­fers from bipo­lar dis­or­der.

Judge Barnes’ decision said that the law re­quires the Min­is­ter to ex­plain his decision. He found it “im­pos­si­ble to tell” what fac­tors had caused Mr.toews to deny this ap­pli­ca­tion. These trans­fers were al­most au­to­matic un­der the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment, less so un­der the Con­ser­va­tives who, nonethe­less, let the Sher­brooke Record cor­po­rate owner CEO, David Radler, serve his sen­tence in Canada.

While the Fed­eral Court has been ac­ced­ing to the de­mands of Cana­di­ans held in Amer­i­can jails in huge num­bers, this should soon change as the Harper crime bill will soon get royal as­sent, broad­en­ing the grounds when the min­is­ter can deny these re­quests.

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