Approved at the 51st Annual General meeting held June 19, 2002
WHEREAS Sudbury Regional Police Constable Joe MacDonald was viciously beaten, shot and executed by Clinton Suzack and Peter Pennet in October 1993; and
WHEREAS Clinton Suzack is known to be a dangerous offender with a shocking, lengthy history of committing violent assaults culminating in the death of Constable Joe MacDonald; and
WHEREAS Suzack and Pennet were, shortly after their conviction, cascaded to medium security facilities; and
WHEREAS the Solicitor General of Canada, Lawrence MacAulay, despite compelling evidence to the contrary, denies that Correctional Services Canada (CSC) has implemented a policy of reducing the number of offenders incarcerated by achieving pre-determined numerical goals in their decision making including cascading prisoners to lower security facilities; and
WHEREAS while there will always be tragedies, the Solicitor General of Canada can ensure optimum safety for our citizens by ensuring dangerous offenders are not set loose on an unsuspecting public and by further ensuring that those convicted of first degree murder serve the duration of their sentences.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we call upon the Solicitor General to undertake the following three directives, as demanded by the JoeMac Committee during its February 28, 2002 meeting with Mr. MacAulay: 1. Ensure the immediate return of Clinton Suzack and Peter Pennet to maximum security to serve the duration of their 25-year sentence for the first degree murder of Constable Joe MacDonald; 2. Order an external independent review of the cascading of Clinton Suzack and Peter Pennett to lower security facilities early into their sentences, and of the Correctional Services of Canada Offender Re-integration Policy including security classifications and institutional placement; 3. Comply with the commitment made to Members of Parliament in April 2000 to write to all CSC wardens and staff throughout Canada confirming his repeated disapproval and prohibition of any policy whereby attaining pre-determined numerical targets is considered in correctional decision-making.