Clement Questions PM’s Backing Down on Mandatory Sentences for Sexual Assault

November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement has called the Prime Minister’s siding with a judge’s decision to strike down a jail sentence for a man convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl truly disturbing.

In Question Period this week, Prime Minister Trudeau said he would always support the judiciary, when asked about a 50-year-old man, found guilty of fondling a young girl, who had a one-year mandatory sentence struck down by an Ontario Superior Court judge. The previous Conservative government amended the criminal code to include mandatory sentences, including for sexual assaults.

β€œIt is bewildering that the Prime Minister would not see the value of mandatory sentences in situations like this one. This sends a bad message to victims of sexual assault. It seems clear the Liberals will move ahead with rolling back mandatory minimum sentences, but if there was ever a case for keeping them in place, it is for the sexual assault of a child,” said Clement.