Les libéraux demandent au gouvernement d’utiliser les économies découlant des réductions de pension détenu à aider les victimes d’actes criminels

Ce n’est pas une mauvaise idée. Mais je n’aime pas Holland me dire comment les conservateurs sont “blowing smoke» aux victimes. Par expérience personnelle, c’est tout ce que les libéraux n’ont jamais pour les victimes quand elles étaient à la barre:

Ottawa – Liberals today called on the Harper government to put the $2-million savings from their bill to end old-age pensions for prisoners towards programs and services for victims of crime.

“The Harper government likes to trot out victims of crime for policy announcements or invoke their names when they rise in Question Period, but they are all talk and no action when it comes to making investments in programs and services that actually help them,” said Liberal Public Safety Critic Mark Holland.

Despite their claims of being the champions of crime victims, the truth is the Harper government has consistently undermined victims of crime.

They cut the budget of the Grants for the Victims of Crime Initiative by 41 percent and the Contributions for the Victims of Crime Initiative by 34 percent, or $2.7 million. The latter is money that would go directly to community groups and initiatives that help victims recover from trauma. In addition, they fired Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Steve Sullivan, and have left this vital position vacant.

Liberal Seniors and Pensions Critic Judy Sgro said the Conservatives have been politicizing the prisoner pensions bill by fallaciously telling people that the Liberal Party does not support it.

“We support the idea of preventing prisoners from receiving publicly-funded old age security benefits – but we also think the government should put the money where their mouths are and re-invest it in helping victims of crime,” she said. “Of course, given the Conservative track record in this regard, we don’t expect they will move to help victims of crime.”

Mr. Holland pointed out how the Conservatives have spent more than four years playing this hypocritical game with victims of crime.

“We do support the bill because we do not believe that the Canadian taxpayer should have to pay for offenders twice,” he said. “But we demand that the government do more than just blow smoke about victims – they need to take real action, and devoting the savings from this bill to programs and services that will truly help victims of crime would be a good first step.”

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Liberals call on government to use savings from prisoner pension cuts to help victims of crime

Ya know, This is not a bad idea. But I don’t like Holland telling me how the Conservatives are “blowing smoke” to victims. From personal experience, that is all the Liberals ever did for victims when they were at the helm:

Ottawa – Liberals today called on the Harper government to put the $2-million savings from their bill to end old-age pensions for prisoners towards programs and services for victims of crime.

“The Harper government likes to trot out victims of crime for policy announcements or invoke their names when they rise in Question Period, but they are all talk and no action when it comes to making investments in programs and services that actually help them,” said Liberal Public Safety Critic Mark Holland.

Despite their claims of being the champions of crime victims, the truth is the Harper government has consistently undermined victims of crime.

They cut the budget of the Grants for the Victims of Crime Initiative by 41 percent and the Contributions for the Victims of Crime Initiative by 34 percent, or $2.7 million. The latter is money that would go directly to community groups and initiatives that help victims recover from trauma. In addition, they fired Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Steve Sullivan, and have left this vital position vacant.

Liberal Seniors and Pensions Critic Judy Sgro said the Conservatives have been politicizing the prisoner pensions bill by fallaciously telling people that the Liberal Party does not support it.

“We support the idea of preventing prisoners from receiving publicly-funded old age security benefits – but we also think the government should put the money where their mouths are and re-invest it in helping victims of crime,” she said. “Of course, given the Conservative track record in this regard, we don’t expect they will move to help victims of crime.”

Mr. Holland pointed out how the Conservatives have spent more than four years playing this hypocritical game with victims of crime.

“We do support the bill because we do not believe that the Canadian taxpayer should have to pay for offenders twice,” he said. “But we demand that the government do more than just blow smoke about victims – they need to take real action, and devoting the savings from this bill to programs and services that will truly help victims of crime would be a good first step.”

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Dans ces affairs j’ai toujours considérer l’opinion de M. Boisvert:

Vous noterez que Yves dit exactement ce que je commente à Vancouver: le Québec est en mode réactif, passant d’un extrême à l’autre, et non comme progressive des droits de la justice que certains au Canada (BC):

Yves Boisvert
La Presse

Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu s’est fait connaître comme militant pour la défense des droits des victimes d’actes criminels. On sait les tragédies qui l’ont accablé. Il a accompli un travail remarquable pour faire comprendre que les proches des personnes assassinées sont aussi des victimes et qu’elles sont souvent laissées à elles-mêmes.

Pendant des années, dans les médias, il a parlé avec intelligence pour ceux et celles qu’on n’entend pas.

Le voici sénateur conservateur et, comme prévu, le gouvernement Harper, en manque de représentants au Québec, se sert de lui comme porte-parole lorsqu’il est question des projets de loi en matière de sécurité publique.

On l’a vu cette semaine défendre le projet de réforme du système de pardon. J’ai écrit le mois dernier qu’il y avait lieu de s’interroger sur le caractère automatique du pardon, surtout pour certains crimes. Mais ce que les conservateurs proposent va beaucoup plus loin et manque totalement de nuance.

Réaction tout à fait sensée du chef du Bloc, Gilles Duceppe: on va étudier le projet de loi et faire nos commentaires. D’entrée de jeu, il se dit inquiet de voir qu’on met tous les crimes sexuels sur le même pied.

Réplique du sénateur Boisvenu: Gilles Duceppe pense tout de suite aux criminels, pas aux victimes!

On comprend le jeu de la politique. Mais quand on vote des lois, on n’est plus le représentant d’un groupe de pression. Évidemment qu’il faut penser aux «criminels», c’est l’idée même du pardon: réhabiliter, donner à quelqu’un la chance de refaire sa vie.

La ligne démagogique des conservateurs est toute tracée: tous ceux qui ne sont pas absolument en faveur de leurs initiatives sont «du bord des criminels».

Le gouvernement, par exemple, veut récrire la Loi sur la justice pénale pour adolescents; il veut faire de la sécurité publique le principe directeur de la loi et reléguer au second rang la réhabilitation des jeunes délinquants. De plus, le gouvernement propose qu’il revienne à l’accusé d’un crime grave de convaincre le juge qu’il doit avoir une peine pour mineurs, alors que c’est actuellement le contraire.

Cette loi a été durcie en 2003 par les libéraux et rien ne justifie un changement de philosophie aussi radical. Ni le taux de criminalité ni le taux de récidive – du moins pas au Québec.

On a appelé ce projet de loi «Sébastien», à la mémoire de Sébastien Lacasse, un jeune de Laval assassiné en 2004 par des mineurs. On devine qu’il s’agit encore une fois de jouer sur les émotions, de tracer une ligne entre ceux qui se soucient des victimes et «les autres».

Les victimes ne seront pourtant pas mieux servies si le système ne s’intéresse plus à la réhabilitation des délinquants. La justice devrait s’intéresser aux deux. Le sénateur Boisvenu, lui, devrait s’intéresser à toutes les conséquences des lois qu’il défend.

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Steve Sullivan: Canada’s voice for justice issues

Let’s be clear. Right now Mr. Sullivan – the former Victims Ombudsman for the Harper government – has the floor and should not yield. If you are missing his posts, more fool you. In his latest (below) Steve demonstrates that while the Liberals did little to advance the cause of victims, that does not mean they did nothing. The party’s mistake was to hand the game over entirely to the Conservatives so that they now control the justice agenda.

In response to his opening remarks; Steve, you were never a stooge. The title of the quote came to me from the Wes Anderson movie, Life Aquatic where Bill Murray says of Bud Cort’s character, “I’ve never seen a bond company stooge stick his neck out”.

So it was actually homage and praise I was giving you, not ridicule.

It also was a tip to Hamlet where Hamlet speaks of  his friends Rosencrantz and Guiltenstern :

“But such officers do the King best service in the end.

He keeps them, like an ape, in the corner of his jaw;

first mouth’d, to be last swallowed.

When he needs what you have glean’d,

it is but squeezing you and, sponge, you shall be dry again.”

So in this case, the king is Harper, and you suffer callous abuse. It was a far to obscure reference I was attempting. (with me there are always meaning in meanings… can’t help it, I get it from my sister). I rarely show my hand, but in this case I will point it out; I would never want to unintentionally hurt someone through misunderstanding.

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Harper Stooge No More

Former Harper Victims Ombudsman Steve Sullivan has begun to blog over at Crime Victim Advocacy and his opinions and perspective are going to mean some fresh air for victims and their concerns (the Feds loss is our gain). Have a gander at Steve’s initial posts and you’ll see he’s already getting down to the essence of policy decisions: what’s behind the numbers?

If Mr. Sullivan keeps up his inquiry of government decisions in terms of appropriations this will only mean good news for all of us who work for the little-guy in the justice system.

Keep it up Steve.

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Russ Williams: He had me at 2

Williams faces 82 new charges over break-ins
Thefts reportedly targeted women’s lingerie

Linda Nguyen, Canwest News Service
Published: Friday, April 30, 2010

Colonel Russell Williams, the former top commander at CFB Trenton, faces a number of new break-and-enter charges. He also faces two charges of first-degree murder.
The former commander of Canadian Forces Base Trenton, who is facing two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of sexual assault, was hit with 82 additional charges yesterday by the Ontario Provincial Police.

The new charges — for break-and-enter, theft and attempted break-and-enter — came amid media reports that Colonel Russell Williams has reached an agreement in principle with the prosecution that would see him plead guilty to all the charges against him.

Col. Williams is accused of killing Corporal Marie-France Comeau, 37, a military flight attendant from Brighton and Jessica Lloyd, 27, of Belleville.

He also faces sexual assault charges linked to two home invasions in Tweed. In those cases, he is accused of blindfolding the women, tying them naked to their chairs, photographing and sexually assaulting them.

Yesterday, the OPP alleged the 47-year-old air force colonel broke into multiple homes in Eastern Ontario, including that of one of the women he is accused of later killing and the residence of another women he allegedly sexually assaulted.

Some of the homes were broken into repeatedly over a number of days, others over a period of a few months, with all the break-ins happening over a three-year period.

They occurred in Ottawa, Belleville, Brighton and Tweed — places located within a few kilometres of where Col. Williams had lived or worked.

In all, there are 46 counts in Tweed, 34 counts in Ottawa and two counts in Belleville.

Police would not confirm what was taken during these burglaries, but earlier reports indicated the break-ins targeted women’s lingerie. One woman in Ottawa told Global News that her lingerie was stolen during a break-in last November, when her daughter was house-sitting. By the time police arrived, they found a smashed side door but no sign of a suspect. Another woman in Tweed, a heavily wooded town where Col. Williams owned a cottage, said her house had been burglarized a number of times in the past few years. And even though she never figured out what was stolen, the experiences shook her up enough to buy a large guard dog.

Yesterday, Col. Williams made his third court appearance in Belleville. A packed courtroom, with some observers forced to stand, watched as the colonel, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, appeared on a TV screen from the Quinte Detention Centre, where he has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 7. Through his legal counsel, he requested that the new charges against him not be read aloud in court, but did not give a reason why. The judge complied with the request.

Col. Williams has not entered a plea on any of the charges and the case has been adjourned until June 24.

Lieutenant-Colonel Tony O’Keeffe attended the proceedings yesterday, representing the Canadian Forces.

Lt.-Col. O’Keeffe, who has known Col. Williams for years, said he had visited him in jail 10 days ago but did not ask him about the hunger strike or reported suicide attempt he made during the Easter weekend.

“I think he’s getting better,” he told the crowd of media outside the courtroom. “I think time, I guess, cures all. He looks better to me.”

A local newspaper reported earlier this month that the colonel had been placed under 24-hour suicide watch following a failed attempt to take his life.

TheKingstonWhig-Standard reported that Col. Williams tried to kill himself by jamming a toilet paper roll stuffed with cardboard down his throat. Cardboard and foil were found jammed in the cell door in an effort to stop staff from entering during the attempt. He had also reportedly written a suicide note in mustard on the wall.

Col. Williams had reportedly gone on a hunger strike and was acting like a prisoner of war, responding only to questions by authorities with his name, rank and serial number.

It was recently discovered he is still collecting his military salary, pending a possible plea or outcome of the trial. The money will have to be paid back if he is found guilty of the alleged crimes.

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Off to Vancouver to speak at National Victims of Crime Awareness Week

A very kind invitation from Sherry Edmonds-Flett and Marjean Fichtenberg to speak in Vancouver this weekend for National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. Marjean is a dear friend I have known for years (whom I have never met!). She guest blogged her for some weeks a number of years ago, and is a fiery victim advocate (you can read more of her here).  I believe it was former Federal Victims Ombudsman, Steve Sullivan who first introduced us.

I met Sherry through Marjean, and I am her guest at this forum. I will be on a panel with Marjean and Misty Cockerill (Misty’s story here). Though Misty and I have very different trajectories, we have a lot in common  (we don’t play the victim).  Should be interesting. Here is the press release:


Every Victim Matters: A L.I.N.C. Society National Victims of Crime Awareness Week Forum” April 23rd, 2010 at 7:00pm at the University College of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford Campus 33844 King Road in Room B101,  Abbotsford, B.C. Free admission.   Speakers are: Misty Cockerill, John Allore and Marjean Fichtenberg. Moderator is Fraser Simmons.

Background:

For the last 13 years, Misty Cockerill has been a victims’ rights advocate. It all started with the occurrence and experience of a criminal trial. It was the trial and sentencing of the man who not only attempted to take Misty’s life, but also murdered her best friend. He was sentenced to life in prison.

During the trial, a woman came up to her in tears.  She explained that her daughter had been raped, beaten, and left for dead.  She was afraid to charge her assailants.  The woman said “It’s been watching you and your strength that has changed my daughter’s mind.  She is now pressing charges and I think that she might even have the same “pep” as you.”  She thanked her and walked away.  It was at that moment that Misty realized that she was capable of helping victims speak; even if she just lent them a voice to be heard. Since that day Misty has been speaking in high schools about the effects of crime and the impact on victims lives.  She has spoken at rallies in an effort to take back the streets and give them back to our children.

She is currently pursuing studies at UCFV. She is scheduled to graduate this April and is ready to start her career in social work. She wants to be able to help more people during their time of need. Misty has been able to pursue her goal thanks to the help of the Canadian Crime Victim Foundation and its founder Joe Wamback. The organization has established a trust to support victims of crime as they work toward their education goals and improve their quality of life.

Her message to society has been to take care of victims of crime.  “Strength is not just a word, it’s the force that keeps you moving, breathing and laughing. There will always be violence and despair.  It has followed us since the beginning of time.  So instead of just trying to prevent violent acts, as a society, we need to also learn how to support and nurture the victims of those acts.  They should not feel as they are the ones being prosecuted. Encourage people to be successful instead of forcing them into failure.”

John Allore’s sister Theresa was a 19-year-old Canadian college student who disappeared in 1978 from her college campus in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Five months later her body was discovered in a small body of water approximately one kilometer from her dormitory residence. Upon her disappearance police initially suggested she was a runaway. When her body was discovered police then suggested she was a possible victim of a drug overdose, perhaps at the assistance of fellow college students. In the summer of 2002, John Allore enlisted the support of an investigative reporter and friend, Patricia Pearson who produced a series of articles for Canada’s National Post newspaper that gave compelling evidence that Theresa Allore was a victim of murder, and that her death was possibly linked to two other unsolved local cases. The theory was supported by geographic profiler and then FBI consultant, Kim Rossmo, who suggested a serial sexual predator may have been operating in the Quebec region in the late 1970s and advised police to investigate the three deaths as a series.

About his sister’s case, John Allore states;

“Murder victims have multiple deaths. There is the physical death; but then there is a second death when they are driven into silence by the voices of law enforcement, or the media who co-opt tragedy to tell a story (and in so doing distort the truth), and in some cases there is the death by the legal community who fashion facts for their own purposes. After a criminal death, there is only humiliation.”

This year’s National Victims of Crime Awareness Week forum, sponsored by the L.I.N.C. (Long-term Inmates Now in the Community) Society, supported by the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of the Fraser Valley and funded by the Department of Justice (Ottawa) will focus on answering the questions: 1) How do you survive the devastating loss of a loved one or almost being killed yourself?  2) What services do people who have experienced this tragedy feel are needed? 3) How can the community contribute?

John and Misty will share the stage and speak together about their experiences as survivors and what has helped them get through the experience. Marjean Fichtenberg, mother of Dennis Fichtenberg who was murdered by an offender on conditional release and the principal researcher and writer of the L.I.N.C.  Society’s feasibility study on a healing centre for survivors of homicide, will outline some of the study’s preliminary findings. Fraser Simmons, former regional director of the National Parole Board, Pacific Region, will lead the audience and panel in a discussion on realizing the vision for a healing centre for victims of serious crime.

This forum, like the forums of the past three years, is part of an ongoing process to help breakdown the walls/the stigma attached to being a survivor of violent crime, to listen and value people’s experiences/lives, to educate the wider community about what survivors need and want – all from a holistic perspective.

Interview Contact: Sherry Edmunds-Flett

Executive Director

L.I.N.C. (Long-term Inmates Now in the Community)

Phone: 604-820-1015 office

604-852-5514 cell

Email: seflett@telus.net

Web address: www.lincsociety.bc.ca

L.I.N.C. (Long-term Inmates Now in the Community)

33270 14th Avenue

Mission, B.C.

V2V-4Z7

Phone: 604-820-1015     Fax: 604-814-0093

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Rocky Mount Missing Women: Governor Perdue takes a flamethrower to the problem

Forgive me for the tracheal vomiting: North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has called in the National Guard to aid in the search for the remaining 2 missing women from the total of 11-ish persons who have turned up dead in Edgecombe County.

This reminds me of the dangers of overkill. When I was a kid I often trampled my mother’s flower garden, then tired to fix the problem by overcompensating: I once replaced her petunias with a maple tree – earnest, but conspicuous.

For all my criticisms of the Surete du Quebec, I have always admired their cunning dealing with problems. When I brought to their attention that they were in need of a cold case squad, did they acknowledge the problem? Hardly. They initiated a cold case squad, then pretended the idea was theirs all along, even going so far as to suggest that such a unit had been in place for years before the public was screaming for the need…

… gotta admire the balls.

Which brings us back to the case of the alleged Rocky Mount Serial Killer. You don’t just call in the National Guard without some implicit acknowledgment of the associated guilt: yada-yada-yada these were minority victims… yada-yada-yada we did nothing FOR YEARS until the public finally caught on to the obvious negligence of our inaction.

I leave it to you, dear reader, to fill in the rest. Here is the article from today’s News & Observer:

N.C. National Guard to aid in search for two missing Edgecombe women

BY THOMASI MCDONALD – STAFF WRITER
RALEIGH — Calling for a “more boots on the ground” approach, Gov. Bev Perdue has activated the North Carolina National Guard to help the Edgecombe County Task Force search for two missing women, the governor’s office announced today.

Edgecombe County Sheriff James L. Knight requested the assistance, according to a press statement from Perdue’s office.

Knight first contacted over the weekend, Rueben Young, the state’s secretary of crime control and public safety, asking for the National Guard’s help with finding if the remains of two other woman who have been reported missing, Yolonda Reee “Snap” Lancaster, 37, and Joyce Renee Durham, 26, are among the the bodies of five women who have been found in the woods off Seven Bridges Road in Northern Edgecombe County. Two were found not far away. A third was found near Scotland Neck.

Lancaster’s family has not seen her since March 2008. Durham was reported missing in June of 2007.

The guardsmen will be searching around Seven Bridges road near Whitakers, where the remains of five women have been found since August 2007.

“Having more boots on the ground will help law enforcement agencies cover a larger area and speed up search efforts,” Perdue said.

“We started to get more boots on the ground this morning,” Chrissy Pearson, a governor’s spokeswoman said today.

The National Guard provided about 100 soldiers who searched today for Lancaster and Durham. The soldiers are from the 1132nd and 514th military police companies, headquartered out of Rocky Mount and Greenville respectively. The task force, which has local, state and federal authorities, will be searching throughout the week.

In all, eight bodies have been found.

The skeletal remains of the latest victim, Roberta Williams, 40, was found March 27, in the woods off Seven Bridges Road by a group of all-terrain vehicle riders.

It’s not clear how Williams was found, but sheriff’s investigators are treating it as a suspicious death.

Earlier that month, on March 5, authorities found the remains of Christine Marie Boone, 43, in a wooded area in Scotland Neck in Halifax County.

After Williams’ body was found, Knight said his office notified the families of Lancaster and Durham.

But Williams had not been reported missing. When investigators probed her disappearance they obtained her medical records and the state medical examiner’s office used the information to identify her body, Knight said.

A task force consisting of the sheriff’s office, Rocky Mount police and the State Bureau of Investigation, began working together in June to determine if the women’s deaths were related and possibly the work of a serial killer.

In September. a grand jury indicted Antwan Maurice Pittman in the slaying of Taraha Shenice Nicholson, one of the women whose bodies have been found in the rural section of the county. Authorities have not said if Pittman would be charged with any of the other deaths.

The first victim, Melody Wiggins, 29, was found by police May 29, 2005 on Noble Mill Pond Road.

The partially skeletal, nude remains of Jackie Thorpe, 35, were found Aug. 17, 2007 in a trash heap behind a burned out crack house off Seven Bridges Road.

On March 13, 2008, the remains of Ernestine Battle, 50, were found facedown in the woods. Her remains were unclothed.

The skeletal remains of Jarneice “Sunshine” Hargrove, 31, were discovered June 29 by a migrant farmer working in a field.

The remains of Elizabeth Jane Smallwood, 33, were discovered in February of last year by Rocky Mount city employees and state prison inmates in a wooded area on Melton Road.

All of the women were African American and living on the margins of society with a history of drugs or prostitution and had disappeared. Family members and friends have said that some of the women knew each other.

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Les critiques de l’AFPAD: Assez!

Il ya un article dans La Presse de dimanche qui commence assez mauvais augure … Un adieu à Pierre Hugues Boisvenu comme il descend de l’AFPAD et entreprend son voyage au Sénat canadien. Puis écrivain Katia Gagnon s’engage dans une “full-court-press”  sur l’association, son ancien chef et tout ce qui a été accompli au cours des cinq dernières années au cause des victimes de la criminalité. L’article est diffamatoire et une insulte à la réputation des M. Boisvenu et son ancien ami et collègue, Marcel Bolduc. c’est ce que nous appelons en anglais “a Wedge”, visant à diviser et de trianguler une croyance, une bonne cause, et, finalement, les amitiés. L’ignorer. A la réflexion, le lire. Se souvenir de lui. Utilisez-le comme un outil.

M. Bolduc a été attribué un poste rémunéré dans AFPAD fondées sur le mérite ou le copinage?

I don’t care.

M. Bolduc a donné une très modeste indemnité en échange de services, nous parlons à peine AdScam ici. Bolduc est un pionnier de la défense des droits des victimes au Québec. Je vais dire encore une fois, Marcel Bolduc est un PIONNIER de Québec VICTIMES DE PLAIDOYER. Il le faisait seul devant beaucoup d’entre nous savait ce travail a été, avant que la plupart d’entre nous seraient finalement subir le même niveau de la tragédie à laquelle il était devenu si malheureusement connu. En termes simples: Pas de Marcel?

1.Pas Who Killed Theresa? Certainement pas de me défendre.

2. Pas d’un Cold Case Bureau avec la SQ

3. Pas d’AFPAD

4. Et les droits des victimes au Québec sont laissés complètement marginalisé.

Es que Pierre a dans le passé m’a demandé de faire des choses en échange de services AFPAD? Pas directement, mais je reçois la dérive, et je fais la promotion AFPAD volontiers. Il bâtit une marque, un réseau. That’s business.

N’a jamais ma AFPAD ignorer les intérêts particuliers en ce qui concerne les problèmes des victimes? Certainement. Ma préoccupation est des cas de froid, de crimes non résolus, l’AFPAD a été plus axé sur l’après-processus de justice de première instance (questions de l’incarcération, libération conditionnelle). Peu importe. Nous travaillons tous pour un objectif commun. Vous ne pouvez pas attendre d’une organisation de cette ampleur pour représenter toutes les voix, toutes les préoccupations. Il a suffi que certains besoins, la majorité des besoins deviennent remplies.

Pierre a obtenu le remboursement des dépenses? Bien sûr. Les montants ont-elles déraisonnables? Bien sûr que non. Pierre est / a été l’organisation … courir autour de Québec dans sa voiture, parlant à tout le monde et qui voulait l’entendre. Est-il déraisonnable pour lui de s’attendre à ce remboursement pour l’alimentation, le gaz et l’hébergement?

J’ai toujours su que cette question reviendrait à mordre AFPAD dans le cul. Ainsi soit-il.Il ne suffit pas que les victimes d’actes criminels ont à subir la tragédie qu’ils ont à faire leur propre défense et la travail de la police parce que le gouvernement est mal équipé pour faire ce travail en leur nom (encore qu’ils représentent – en vigueur – la cause des criminels) , aujourd’hui victimes de la criminalité doivent faire faillite afin de faire avancer leurs intérêts.

C’est une vieille histoire. J’ai perdu des milliers de dollars dans l’avion et en voiture au Québec, en faisant mon propre travail de la police, le lobbying pour les intérêts des victimes, n’entraînant que des dommages psychologiques à moi-même. Et qu’est-ce que le gouvernement du Québec offre déjà à titre de compensation pour l’effort? 600 $ pour des services funéraires. Je vous remercie, mais elle – et sa cause – ne sont pas encore tout à fait mort.

Pierre, Marcel, et AFPAD, gardez branchant loin. Pour les médias, je dise: Assez.


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Pierre Hugues Boisvenu steps down from AFPAD, and all hell breaks loose

There is an article in Sunday’s La Presse that begins inauspicious enough… a farewell to Pierre Hugues Boisvenu as he steps down from AFPAD and embarks on his journey to the Canadian Senate. Then writer Katia Gagnon engages in a full-court-press on the association, its former leader and everything that has been achieved in the last five years for the cause of crime victims.

The article is slanderous and an insult to the reputations of both M. Boisvenu and his former friend and colleague, Marcel Bolduc. it is what we call in English “a wedge”, designed to divide and triangulate a belief, a good purpose, and ultimately friendships. Ignore it. On second thought, read it. Remember it. Use it as a tool.

Was M. Bolduc awarded a paid position in AFPAD based on merit or cronyism? I don’t care. M. Bolduc was given a very modest compensation in exchange for services, we are hardly talking AdScam here. Bolduc is a pioneer in victims advocacy in Quebec. I will say that again, Marcel Bolduc is a PIONEER in QUEBEC VICTIMS ADVOCACY. He was doing it alone before many of us knew what grassroots work was, before most of us would ultimately suffer the same level of tragedy with which he had become so unfortunately acquainted.  Simply put: No Marcel?

1.  No Who Killed Theresa? Certainly no me advocating.

2. No Cold Case Bureau with the SQ

3. No AFPAD

4. And victims rights in Quebec are left totally marginalized.

Has Pierre in the past asked me to do things in exchange for AFPAD services? Not directly, but I get the drift, and I promote AFPAD willingly. He is building a brand, a network. That’s business.

Did AFPAD ever ignore my special interests regarding victims issues? Certainly. My concern is cold cases, unsolved crimes, AFPAD has been more focused on the post-trial justice process (incarceration issues, parole). No matter. We all are working for a common goal. You cannot expect an organization of this magnitude to represent every voice, every concern. It was enough that some needs, the majority of needs are getting met.

Has Pierre been reimbursed for expenses? Of course. Are the amounts unreasonable? Of course not. Pierre IS / HAS BEEN the organization… running around Quebec in his car, speaking to everyone and anyone who would listen. Is it unreasonable for him to expect reimbursement for food, gas and lodging?

I always knew this issue would come back to bite AFPAD in the ass. So be it. It isn’t enough that crime victims have to suffer tragedy, that they have to do their own advocating and police work because the government is ill equipped to do that work on their behalf (yet they represent – in force  – the cause of criminals), now crime victims must go broke in order to advance their interests.

It is an old story. I have wasted thousands of dollars on plane and car trips to Quebec, doing my own police work, lobbying for victims’ interests, incurring psychological damage to my self. And what did the Quebec government ever offer as compensation for the effort? $600 for funeral services. Thank you, but she – and her cause – are not quite dead yet.

Pierre, Marcel, and AFPAD, keep plugging away. To the media I say, Enough.

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