Parliament passes Bill C-48, the Protecting Canadians by Ending Sentence Discounts for Multiple Murders Act.

The new legislation allows judges to impose consecutive parole ineligibility periods on individuals convicted of more than one first- or second-degree murder. Under the old system, criminals convicted of multiple murders served their parole ineligibility periods concurrently, meaning that they were eligible to apply for parole after just one period ranging from 10 to 25 years, depending on their sentence. Justice Canada.