Here is a concerned citizen from the Saguenay region, who has taken things further. Mr. Jacques McBrearty has filed a criminal complaint against Senator ‘sell-out’ Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu following his remarks regarding providing ropes to prisoners so they can hang themselves if they wished. Mr. McBrearty lodged a complaint against Senator sell-out because he believes his remarks will encourage more suicides.
McBrearty, 26, said he suffered from depression and that he attempted suicide in 2010, so he has first-hand experience dealing with the issue.
McBrearty called Boisvenu’s comments outrageous and said the power of words is often underestimated — particularly on those who are already fragile.
Indeed. Good for him! I don’t believe the complaint will go very far, sadly enough, due to the fact that Boisvenu is a high priced and prized Harpercon senator, and the fact that the talking points regarding Boisvenu’s daughter will no doubt be pumped, but it’s nice to see a citizen at least trying to do something. It would be nice if more citizens can take action when their government does wrong. We must encourage Mr. McBrearty and his actions.
Quebec provincial police will investigate the complaint and hand over the file to Crown prosecutors, who will ultimately decide whether charges should be laid.
Like I said, this doesn’t look promising, but at least, the cops are giving it more than five minutes consideration.
Mr. McBrearty acknowledges Boisvenu’s situation and even conceded that if Boisvenu were still running his victims’ rights group and not a senator, he would have ” had every right to let emotions dictate his responses”, but he says that as a parliamentarian, Boisvenu’s responsibilities are different now.
No one is unsympathetic of Boisvenu’s situation, regarding his daughter, however, he has proven incapable of objectivity regarding lawn order. He sits on a committee that deals with the Harpercons’ ‘tough on crime’ agenda (should I say dumb on crime). As such, he needs to be objective. I always knew he was incapable of this, now his recent remarks have confirmed as much. Basically, he is allowing basic animal instincts dictate what justice should be. However, there is a difference between justice and vengeance. Clearly, Boisvenu is displaying the latter. Yes, he must resign from the committee as well as his plushy senate seat if the man has any sense of integrity.
Furthermore, what happened to Boisvenu’s daughter should not excuse him from breaking the law. Inciting suicide is illegal according to the Criminal Code of Canada. His situation should not interfere with his judgement when it comes to doing his job as a parliamentarian.
Sure Boisvenu gave a half-hearted apology and attempted to walk back his remarks, but a day later, he appeared to have retracted that excuse of an apology, fuelled by the fact that many Canadians emailed their support to him, in full agreement. No excuse. That is enabling basic animal instincts of many folks and our parliamentarians should know better.
Many Harpercons, in support of Boisvenu, are spouting that the NDP and the Liberals should think more of victims of crime and not be so “soft on crime”. Again, misleading, not too mention, a very old talking point. Need new material, boys. For openers, anyone who has taken the time to at least, read the highlights of Bill C-10, the dumb on crime omnibus bill, little support for victims is offered, if any. It was more about prisons and minimum sentences than anything else. Come to think of it, basic animal instincts was responsible in writing that stupid omnibus bill–certainly not reason. As pointed out time and again, there is no data or fact that supports any item in that bill that would deter crime. But then again, those Harpercons are not for justice–they’re only into punishment.
Not to mention, as a public figure, Senator Boisvenu must be held to the same standards as any other public figure, regardless of what happened to his family. If he can’t handle that, then he should never have accepted the senate seat, much less a seat on a committee, examing law, order and justice. Refusing the position would truly have been the act of a person with integrity. Clearly, Boisvenu has none. He must be called on that.
As for Jacques McBrearty, I admire his courage and initiative. Keep fighting the good fight, Jacques!