EDMONTON, AB (August 19, 2013): It’s time to protect Alberta families and communities and look at legislation to create predator free zones that stop registered sex offenders from residing near our schools and daycares, Wildrose Justice Critic Shayne Saskiw said today.
Residents in Calgary are angry that Stephen Huggett, convicted in 2009 for possessing child pornography and arrested for new charges last week involving a seven year old girl, is living across the street from two elementary schools and a daycare in the Willow Park community. Justice Minister Jonathan Denis asked for Huggett to voluntarily relocate, but Saskiw said if Denis was serious about keeping families safe he would look at strengthening legislation. “Simply asking sex offenders to show good will to our communities and relocate isn’t good enough and is a sign of weak leadership,” Saskiw said. “After scrapping electronic monitoring bracelets for sex offenders earlier this year, Minister Denis needs to put an end to his soft-on-crime polices and ensure families and communities are protected by passing laws that keep sex offenders away from our schools.” Saskiw said the legislation would create a predator free zone to protect children specifically in areas that they frequent like daycare and schools. “This is a sensible proposal that I’m confident Albertans would support and this Minister should get behind it,” Saskiw said. “Let’s take action now, study how to best implement the legislation and strengthen our justice system so we can put Albertans first and keep our communities safe.”