Mr. Ken Atkinson (St. Catharines):
Mr. Speaker, my second petition is from a great number of individuals from St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and other areas of the Niagara peninsula in memory of Rosalynn Dupuis.
The petitioners ask that the Young Offenders Act be amended to provide greater protection to the public. The petition goes through many concrete suggestions. These include that the judicial powers should recognize the consequences to the victim and the victim's family as being paramount and give as much recognition to the victim as is afforded to the young offender. In addition, the parole system should be expanded to be responsible and have the authority to develop and conduct effective rehabilitation programs for dangerous young offenders when they are released from custody.
The petition also calls for life sentences for murder to be incorporated into the Young Offenders Act with the parole provisions at 10, 15 and 20 years. Obviously, the most important one is the provision of a parole system
which is not currently in effect with the Young Offenders Act.