May 19, 2000 (36th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Bill Gilmour


Mr. Bill Gilmour (Nanaimo—Alberni, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, criminals should not be allowed to profit from their crimes, especially convicted killers. Yet in Canada not only does the government allow convicted killers to profit from their crimes, it pays them at the expense of the victims and victims' families.
If a husband, wife or common law partner is convicted of murdering his or her spouse they can still claim their victims' benefits. Convicted murderers can draw Canada pension plan benefits from their victims while enjoying the comfort of their prison cell. This is unacceptable.
To right this wrong, I will be addressing this issue when I table a private member's bill in the House. My bill will amend the Canada pension plan to exclude convicted murderers from collecting benefits from their victims.
In summary, killers in Canada must not be allowed to profit from their crimes.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Justice
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