Ayer’s Cliff’s Goulet still in US jail
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.