Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Serial killer Bruce McArthur will be sentenced today.

The 67-year-old self-employed landscaper pleaded guilty last week to murdering eight men with ties to Toronto's gay village, and the Crown is seeking a life sentence with no chance of parole for 50 years.

The defence wants the sentences for all eight first-degree murder counts be served concurrently, which would make McArthur eligible for parole in 25 years.

First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years, but when there are several convictions, the court can impose consecutive periods of parole ineligibility. (2)



A Conservative M-P from Manitoba is hoping to increase the amount of time convicted killers must spend behind bars before they can apply for parole.

The private member's bill, sponsored by James Bezan, looks to give judges the ability to increase parole ineligibility to 40 years for certain convicted killers, up from the current 25 years when the crimes involve kidnapping, sexual assault and murder.

The bill is getting attention at the same time as two high profile cases -- involving Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur and Quebec City mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonette -- edge closer to wrapping up sentencing phases. (2)



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied a potentially incendiary allegation that his office told former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help S-N-C-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution.

The company has faced allegations it paid millions of dollars in bribes to get government business in Libya, which would be a crime under Canadian law.

As attorney general, Wilson-Raybould could have become involved by directing federal prosecutors to negotiate a "remediation agreement,'' a way of holding an organization to account for wrongdoing without a formal finding of guilt. …

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