Rodney Stafford calls it a 'victory' after Terri-McClintic is sent back to jail
Rodney Stafford's day began Thursday once again with uncertainty and frustration, but it all changed when he got a phone call at 10:30 a.m.
That's when he was informed that one of his daughter's killers, Terri-Lynne McClintic, was going back behind bars and that her case would be under review.
"It is kind of a sense of victory," he said about the decision. "Because not too long ago, none of this was even going on."
"To actually receive the phone call and hear that she had been transferred, what we've been pushing for, it's a great feeling."
Stafford's eight-year-old daughter Tori was brutally kidnapped, beaten and killed in April 2009 near Woodstock, Ontario and McClintic, as well as her then-boyfriend Micheal Rafferty, are serving life sentences for her murder.
But Rodney Stafford was shocked to learn earlier this year that McClintic had been transferred to an Indegenous healing lodge in Saskatchewan and led the charge to have her back behind bars.
Over the last two months, the issue made its way to Parliament, leading to nasty exchanges between the Liberals and the Conservatives, including the Prime Minister calling the Conservatives "ambulance-chasing politicians."
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer recently accused the Liberals of politicizing the issue, which prompted Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to say the comment could make him 'hypocrite of the year.'
However on Wednesday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he was instructing Corretional Service Canada to review policies around medium-security women prisoners and their transfers.
Despite the anxiety, Stafford said he felt positive after hearing about the change Wednesday.
"I had a lot of optimism towards this happening," Stafford said, calling much of the political firestorm around the subject, 'nonsense.'
"It's been unwanted, unneeded and I'm just glad we got to where we are."
As for the future, Stafford said this is a step forward in moving on with life, but added he plans to push for other measures he feels are necessary for families when it comes to crime and security.
"Just because this has come to an end, it doesn't mean we have to start fighting for justice in other ways," he said.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said she hopes these incidents don't happen again.
"I can understand the incredibly difficult time they went through," she said. "In the criminal justice system we need to insure that we recognize and keep top of our mind public safety, respect for victims and their families."
With files from CTV NEWS.