Convicted killers would serve more time before applying for parole under proposed federal Tory bill

A Conservative MP from Manitoba is hoping to increase the amount of time convicted killers must spend behind bars before they can apply for parole.

The private member's bill, sponsored by James Bezan, looks to give judges the ability to increase parole ineligibility to 40 years for certain convicted killers, that is up from the current 25 when the crimes involve kidnapping, sexual assault and murder.

Bezan says in cases like the 2009, Stratford, Ontario slaying of eight-year-old Tori Stafford, the killers were given life sentences involving the death of just one victim and will be eligible to apply for parole as early as 2023.

The bill is getting attention at the same time as two high profile cases, involving Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur and Quebec City mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonette, edge closer to wrapping up sentencing phases.