Aug 06, 2013 - BEAUMONT MOM ASKS GOVERNMENT TO REIMBURSE COSTS OF CANCELLED MEETING PUSHING FOR TOUGHER DRUNK DRIVING LAWS


A grieving mom who flew to Vancouver for a meeting with Canada’s justice minister in July, only to find out the cabinet shuffle cancelled the meeting, is asking the government to reimburse her costs.

Sheri Arsenault, whose teenage son Bradley was killed in 2011 by an alleged drunk driver alongside two friends, paid around $750.00 for a flight to Vancouver and a hotel room for a meeting that was nearly two years in the making.

Arsenault and Markita Kaulius, the founder of Families for Justice,  were getting ready for the meeting when the pair turned on the radio and heard that a cabinet shuffle meant MP Rob Nicholson was no longer justice minister

Arsenault said she is expecting to hear from the government about a re-scheduled meeting this week, and has also asked to be reimbursed for the wasted trip.

“I’m not wealthy and we (Families for Justice) does everything on our own,” she said.

Late last month, following the cabinet shuffle, Arsenault was able to briefly speak with Canada’s new justice minister, Peter McKay.

Arsenault said McKay apologized for the cancelled meeting and after speaking with him, she is hopeful that changes to Canada’s drunk driving laws could be made.

“No matter what I do, my son will never come back in the door...We just don’t want another family to have to go through what we did,” she said.

Arsenault said Families for Justice is petitioning the government for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for people convicted of impaired driving causing death.

“There is something wrong here in this country. I call it Disneyland for criminals,” she said.

“The true victims are victimized over and over and over again…No parent should ever have to bury their child, and then the court just re-victimizes you all over because you see how many rights the criminal has.”

Source: Metro News Edmonton


 

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