It is a deplorable indictment of the Canadian justice system (which in this and other instances appears to be neither justice, nor system) that a serial killer of Canadian children is afforded rights of any kind beyond three basic meals a day, as needed health care and a prison cell.
If final adjudication of Olson's status were mine to determine, Clifford Olson would long ago have felt a noose placed around his neck and a trap door giving way.
I'll be assessed as a neandethal. Be that as it may. I have no interest in Olson's well being and am truly sorry correctional authorities and our justice system didn't grant his wish to be placed into a general prison population, affording him the same chance at survival he provided his innocent victims.
Instead, this inhuman thug not only for now at least continues to be in receipt of government old age and guaranteed income supplement cheques, but has also been free to participate in extra curricular activites like an international poetry contest where he was declared winner. That is until I informed contest organizers of the identity of their celebrated man of letters.
Olson continues to have the right to vote and until the courts declared him a vexatious litigant would initiate legal action against anyone he deemed to have slighted him. Gary and Sharon Rosenfeldt were advised by their lawer to register their home in the name of their surviving daughter because Olson might begin legal proceedings against the parents of a child he'd murdered. Why? Because, as Gary explained on air, Olson objected to the manner in which the Rosenfeldt's characterized him.
Sometimes privileges afforded Clifford Olson roamed toward the maliciously goofy. Gary and Sharon's daughter applied for a university correspondence course and was turned away. Meanwhile Olson, who applied simultaneously to the same institution of higher learning was accepted.
Consider that during one of his sundry complaints, appeals and demands that Olson was visited at his Saskatchewan prison by a federal judge and requisite entourage in order for the complaint to be dealt with. Olson is judged too dangerous to leave his cell for more than one hour of daily exercise.
Proving the point that you can't outthink those who aren't thinking, Olson is nevertheless granted under section 745 of the Canadian criminal code an early parole opportunity hearing every two years. It becomes even more morbidly banal when it's revealed Olson was flown by government jet from Saskatchewan to Vancouver in order to personally attend such a hearing.
Meanwhile, as Sharon Rosenfeldt reminded on air yesterday, she and Gary were living in Ottawa at the time of Olson's Vancouver section 745 hearing and requested federal financial assistance to make their way to British Columbia. The Chretien government denied that request.
How much does a section 745 hearing cost taxpayers? I've heard estimates as high as $1 million.
As I've pointed out many times on air, in 1971 the solicitor general for Canada in Pierre Trudeau's government informed parliament that from that day forward the focus of dealing with Canada's criminally convicted would be on the rehabilitation of the individual and not on the protection of society. And so Olson's list of rehabilitation initiatives and rights include that he votes, receives excellent health care, including dental care and without the lengthy hospital ER waits the law abiding Canadian encounters.
The annual cost of housing and caring for Clifford Olson is somewhere north of $110,000. By now we're approaching $3 million in total expenditure to address the defined needs of this mass murderer. Distributing that $3 million among Canadian World War II veterans or their surviving spouses would have been far more honourable.
That the Harper government will take steps to put an end to Olson and his ilk receiving federal pension funds is only one step out of the muck. The focus of Canada's parliament must return to the protection of society.
Clifford Olson has earned no privilege. What he has earned is either the death penalty, or inclusion into the general population of a maximum security Canadian prison population.
The inmates committee at Joyceville prison near Kingston, Ontario, made it very clear during a broadcast from that facility what Olson's welcome would consist of.