Ontario Premier Doug Ford didn’t mince words when asked about serial rapist and school girl murderer Paul Bernardo on Wednesday.
“I’d just throw the key away and let this guy rot. He’s nothing but a scumbag,” Ford said.
The premier was asked if he agreed with families of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffey who said parole hearings for people like Bernardo come along too frequently.
Despite being designated as a dangerous offender, Bernardo is eligible for a parole hearing every two years. The families say it should be at least five years between hearings.
“One hundred percent,” Ford said agreeing with the families.
Bernardo and his now ex-wife, Karla Homolka, raped, tortured and killed Leslie Mahaffy 30 years ago this month. In her victim impact statement, delivered by her lawyer, Debbie Mahaffy said having to go through this process every two years is excruciating.
“What does resting in peace mean when we have to relive these horrors every two or so years for the rest of our lives?” she asked.
Donna French, whose daughter, Kristen, was killed in April 1992, also said the current process hurts families.
“For those who say that time heals, they don’t know the excruciating pain that comes from such a horrific loss,” she said. “Time doesn’t heal the pain; the pain is a life sentence.”