Mrs. Lucie Pepin (Outremont):
Mr. Speaker, on Monday, December 7, 1987 in Montreal, Mrs. Irene Joly was killed by her ex-husband, a Mr. Dupre, who was arrested and jailed several hours later. In January 1986, Mrs. Joly had been stabbed several times by her ex-husband but survived, thanks to the unexpected arrival of her daughter. Her ex-husband received a suspended sentence, although the Crown prosecutor demanded a prison sentence. Since that time, Mr. Dupre had been following and harassing his ex-wife and her children. The court ignored the prosecutor's request for an order preventing the ex-husband from getting closer than 1,000 feet to his victim. For six months, her son drove her to work because he was afraid his mother would get hurt. Last Monday, Mrs. Joly was attacked and killed by her ex-husband.
Mr. Speaker, the law must be changed to make a death threat a criminal offence. At the present time, the police cannot do more than they are already doing because threatening to kill someone, however serious the threat may be, is not recognized as a serious offence. I want to ask the Government to act quickly, because I may remind the House that this is the second woman killed by her ex-husband in the past six months. Perhaps it would help reduce violence in the family and make ex-husbands realize their wives are not their personal property and that even if they leave their husbands, that is no reason to kill them.
Subtopic: ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic: REQUEST FOR AMENDMENT OF LAW TO MAKE DEATH THREAT A CRIMINAL OFFENCE