The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, welcome the passage by Parliament of Bill S-6, the Serious Time for the Most Serious Crime Act. This legislation repeals the “faint-hope clause” that allows murderers to obtain early parole.

Eliminating the faint-hope clause ensures that criminals who commit first-degree murder are not eligible for parole until they serve the full 25 years of their sentence. Similarly, offenders serving life imprisonment for second-degree murder are no longer eligible for parole until their parole ineligibility period is served, which could be up to 25 years.

The Act will come into force at a time to be determined. Once this occurs, offenders who commit murder on or after the date the bill comes into force will no longer be able to apply to be eligible for early parole under the faint-hope regime and those who are currently serving their life sentence or awaiting sentence will face tougher rules when they apply. Justice Canada.