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.
“It 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.