Dear Brian Masse,
Your response in Adelle Loisia’s article, “Abortion Debate Complicates Fight for Justice” is either another attempt to brush off your duty to represent the concerns of your constituents, or it is based on your acceptance of misinformation as truth.
Either way it is wrong.
You state that, “The separation of two distinguished cases can actually lead to a lesser of a sentence.”
Yet a quick Google search specifies that an offender who has committed at least two murders, “may, after a jury recommendation, be ordered, by the trial judge, to serve greater than 25 years, of a life sentence, before being eligible to apply for full parole.”
In 2011 the “Protecting Canadians by Ending Sentence Discounts for Multiple Murders Act” became law. It says that if someone is convicted of more than one murder (as would be in the case of Cassie and our daughter Molly if Canada had a pre- born victims of crime law) would not eligible for parole until both time periods have expired, one after the other.
Therefore your statement, “The problem is, in Canada sentences are served concurrently and not consecutively,” is at best misinformed and at worst an outright lie.
You have not made it clear with facts why you cannot support a law that would make it a crime to kill a baby in the commission of a violent crime against the mother. This only leads me to speculate that you view this issue as a political liability and are therefore trying to avoid representing your constituents by advocating against something they care about intensely.
Let me reiterate what we are doing: It is perfectly legal for a man to kill a pre-born baby in an act of violence against the mother. We want to make it illegal.
This is not about you or me, or your politics or anyone’s religion. This is about making a law against something that is very clearly wrong. This is about a woman who made a choice to bring into this world a little girl named Molly. This is about a man who killed them both, and a system that, in spite of a self-evident reality, only acknowledges one.
I was glad that you can at least acknowledge that your opposition has nothing to do with the abortion debate. It is important that people see that to create such a law should have nothing to do with a woman’s right to choose. On the contrary this is about making it so that the choice is only hers.
That all said, my question to you is this: Considering all of this, what is the real reason you maintain that it is better to do nothing for Molly?
It not just our families, it is a whole community that would like to know.
Brian Masse’s contact information:
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