Alleged shooter's radio foray via phone perturbs minister
Quebec's new public security minister Stéphane Bergeron said he'll be looking into the fact that Richard Henry Bain, the accused killer on election night, had access to a public platform via telephone and CJAD.
"The question is, is a prisoner supposed to have that kind of a tribune to express himself in the public? I don't know. At first glance, it seems to me a little bit worrying so I will have a look at it and make some decisions if I have to go and make some," Bergeron told reporters as he was going to a cabinet meeting. But he wasn't ready to point fingers.
"The question in the first place is to find out where the fault lies. Does the problem come from CJAD or the fact that we allowed access to this inmate?"
Suspected murderer Richard Henry Bain called CJAD yesterday morning to vent his political views but they were restricted to a few on-air snippets.
Bergeron said he was concerned about the situation. He said he'll study the case further once he gets all the facts, particularly the issue of the right of inmates to have access to such public forums.
That's worriesome for prisoner's rights group AlterJustice. Spokesman Eric Belisle said this is an isolated case that shouldn't affect the rights of all inmates.
"They may lose their freedom but not their freedom of expression, to say what they think," Belisle said.
Belisle said there may be room for better management of such procedures but there's a fine line in depriving prisoners of certain rights because of an isolated incident.