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


Bill Gilmour


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

Mr. Speaker, when I recently asked the justice minister her reasons for denying Patrick Kelly a new trial she stated “I concluded that there was no basis to seek a retrial”.
I find this an odd decision considering that, first, the key witness who convicted Kelly has admitted she lied during the trial, and second, in a split two to one decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, one judge concluded Kelly should have a new trial.
How can the minister conclude that there are no grounds for a new trial when either of these two points should trigger a new trial, let alone the two points taken together?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Justice
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