Canada’s highest court ends life sentences without parole for mass murderers

Even as the United States grapples with the reality of the Texas elementary school shooting, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Friday that life sentences without the possibility of parole for mass murderers were unconstitutional, reports the media. These life sentences also violate the right, which she says, not to be subjected to “cruel and unusual punishment”, he said. The ruling ended a provision of the penal code, which was enacted in 2011, to allow governments to issue such sentences.

Such punishment is degrading in nature and therefore incompatible with human dignity as it eliminates any possibility of reintegration into society,” the Canadian court ruled. The decision could lead to a series of judicial reviews.


The decision fell during the examination of the file of Alexandre Bissonnette. He was charged with the murder of six worshipers at a Quebec mosque in 2017. After spending 25 years in prison, Bissonnette has a chance of getting parole, the judgment adds.

“Under this unconstitutional provision, offenders were sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 50 or even 75 years,” said the ruling, which was written by Chief Justice Richard Wagner.

(With agency contributions)