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Steven Blaney says life in prison without parole bill to be tabled before June

01/27/2015 01:15 EST | Updated 03/29/2015 05:59 EDT
The federal government will table new legislation during this sitting of Parliament to ensure criminals convicted of the worst crimes have no chance of being released from prison, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney confirmed today.

"I've clearly indicated in the speech from the throne that those individuals who are committing violent and serious repetitive crime should be kept behind bars,"  Blaney said in Ottawa on Tuesday.

"What we intend to do is table legislation that will protect the society from those individuals who represent a threat... before June."

The government said in its speech from the throne in 2013 that "for too long, the voices of victims have been silenced, while the system coddled criminals."

"Canadians do not understand why the most dangerous criminals would ever be released from prison. For them, our government will change the law so that a life sentence means a sentence for life."

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