Cochrane-area MP Blake Richards rose in the House of Commons today (Nov. 20) to present parliament with over one thousand signatures on a petition calling for stricter penalties for drunk drivers.

“I was saddened today to inform the House of Commons of the circumstances behind the tragic death of Brandon Thomas, son to Kim Thomas and one of my constituents from Cochrane. In December of last year, Brandon was killed by the selfish and inexcusable actions of a drunk driver.”

Lead by Kim Thomas, the many friends and family of Brandon Thomas gathered over a thousand signatures for the petition, in cooperation with Families for Justice, a nonprofit group seeking tougher penalties for drunk drivers. The petitions were submitted to Richards’ office so that he could present them to the House of Commons.

“In the weeks that followed that tragic event, I heard from many constituents about the terrible loss of this promising young man, including from his mother, Kim Thomas. It filled my heart with sorrow to hear these tales, and it filled my heart with dread to contemplate the possibility of the same tragedy befalling my own son Quinn, also 17.”

A passionate advocate for victims, in 2010 Richards led a nationwide petition drive that called for changes to the national pardons system, which culminated in the passing of Bill C-23A, the Limiting Pardons for Serious Crimes Act. Richards has also raised over $280,000 for Victims Assistance groups in his riding through his Rocky Mountain Hockey Challenge.

Source: Cochrane Times


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