Put child killer back behind bars
Our federal prison system is aptly named the Correctional Service of Canada, where the emphasis is — and must be — the correcting of the anti-social behaviour of those in its charge.
Rehabilitating inmates makes sense. Most criminals — such as thieves, robbers, drug dealers, fraud artists and even those convicted of sex crimes — will be released eventually into society, so ensuring that they leave prison as better people is good for everyone. Canadians, for the most part, accept this logic. Which brings us to Terri-lynne Mcclintic, who was convicted along with her boyfriend of the April 8, 2009, abduction and first-degree murder of eight-year-old Tori Stafford in Woodstock, Ont.
Parliament is in an uproar after it was discovered that Mcclintic — less than nine years into her life sentence — was transferred from the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, a medium security facility, to a fenceless minimum/medium aboriginal healing lodge in Saskatchewan.
During a heated exchange in the
Commons as Conservative MPS demanded the killer be returned to the fenced prison in Ontario — ironically and hypocritically — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called them “ambulance-chasing politicians” just one day after vowing “against the politics of division” and “personal attacks.”
NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson said: “The Conservatives’ exploitation of this little girl’s death is sickening.”
Considering that Mcclintic’s transfer to the healing lodge was raised by Tori’s grieving father, Rodney Stafford, one has to wonder if these MPS think he is exploiting his daughter’s murder? It’s a grotesque charge.
When Tori’s tiny body was found after she was kidnapped, raped and murdered, it had 16 broken ribs and a crushed skull. Mcclintic admitted to smashing the girl’s skull with a claw hammer. Mcclintic now lives in a cottage at the healing lodge prison with children nearby.
Trudeau has been sanctimoniously pleading with the Conservatives to stop reading the disturbing details of Tori’s death into the record.
How weak. If Tori had to live it, then surely our legislators can listen to the facts and make it clear to corrections officials to send Mcclintic back to her previous prison and give Tori’s devastated family some peace at least until 2030.
Most Canadians, including those who believe in rehabilitation and treating inmates humanely, are appalled by this transfer so soon after the crime was committed.
Trudeau should be supporting the move to put Mcclintic back behind a chain link fence. Justice demands it.