Terri-Lynne McClintic deserves the same amount of sympathy that she showed young Tori Stafford before killing her.
McClintic has been returned to a real prison from the healing lodge she’d been hiding out in since last December. Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government finally made the move happen by changing regulations surrounding which prisoners are allowed to be in such unsecure facilities.
It took him long enough.
I won’t give Trudeau any credit for doing the right thing here because this is what the opposition Conservatives and millions of everyday Canadians had been asking for since the story broke in late September.
Given the chance to do the right thing, Trudeau played politics with the issue and is still playing politics with the death of a little girl.
The PM could have spent the weeks between when the issue was first raised and when the rules were changed assuring Canadians that he was horrified as they were and the issue was under review.
That is how a normal person, and most former prime ministers would have acted.
Trudeau didn’t act horrified that McClintic was getting special treatment. In fact, he attacked anyone that questioned her placement in a healing lodge as not believing in the rule of law, not supporting an independent judiciary and capped it off by calling his critics “ambulance chasers”.
McClintic is guilty of the most abhorrent crimes imaginable, crimes Trudeau’s government initially referred to simply as “bad practices.”
The woman lured a little eight-year-old girl off the path home from school and took little Tori to meet her boyfriend Michael Rafferty who repeatedly raped Tori.
McClintic ignored Tori’s cries for help, instead, she helped Rafferty defile an innocent little girl before the pair of them brutally murdered her.
So I shed no tears for McClintic, I feel no sympathy for her and actually believe that even in the new facility she is in, life is not hard enough for her.
It never should have taken this long to fix McClintic’s transfer to a healing lodge that had no fences, that had children present. Trudeau, however, played politics with the case, while accusing others of terrible motives for simply asking that he do the right thing.
He’s still playing politics with this.
You may have read the story here about 20 other child killers being transferred to healing lodges since 2011.
That was information leaked to CBC by Public Safety Canada to make the Conservatives look bad.
CBC dutifully did the bidding of the party and government that keep increasing their funding and blamed these transfers on Conservatives.
There is so much wrong with this.
First, off the Liberals continue to use the death of Tori Stafford as part of a political game.
Secondly, CBC, our national broadcaster, is blatantly allowing themselves to be used as part of that political game. Finally, no one would have known about these other transfers unless a family member was told.
Prisoner transfers are not signed off on by cabinet ministers but they can be reversed by cabinet ministers.
The only reason we found out McClintic had been transferred is because officials contacted Tori Stafford’s father Rodney to let him know, months after the transfer, that McClintic would be applying for day parole.
He sounded the alarm bell.
In these other cases, either the victim’s families didn’t know or didn’t publicize the transfers.
Politicians can’t fix problems they don’t know about.
The difference with Trudeau is he knew about McClintic’s transfer and defended it, going as far as to attack those that opposed it.
Now he wants to take credit for doing the right thing and protecting communities.