Soon after MPs questioned the victims, corrections workers and legal experts during a Commons committee hearing, a renewed convict was forwarded to the Parliament Hill to highlight how Bill C-10 will hold back his ability to fit in the society and offer a promising future to his two young children by refusing to pardon him.
29-year-old Chris Courchene from Winnipeg said: “I went from robbing 7-11 stores, robbing drug dealers, escaping from jail, to becoming a good father, a good member of society, a good taxpayer, a role model to other individuals that are facing the same challenge that I am. I feel that the proposed legislation paints everyone with the same brush. I think that the pardons should be for people who have clearly demonstrated without a doubt that they have reformed.”
Moreover, Jean-Claude Bernheim of the Manitoba John Howard Society said that people with con-history in Quebec are treated unjustly as they cannot lawfully acquire a respectful residence or vehicle insurance.
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