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MP Shelly Glover is blasting Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan for not objecting to enhanced freedoms for Vince Li. Our readers aimed some blasts of their own.


I'd like to know Shelly Glover's ideas of when this ceases to be an insult to the McLean family. Tens of thousands of dollars spent on a successful treatment isn't it? The courts have already said Li is innocent, so he doesn't need to prove innocence. He can be put on a closely monitored medication schedule. What will it take? It is tragic that the McLeans lost someone who was attacked by another who thought Tim was an alien, but I'm not seeing what else Li or the medical staff can do. The family will probably never feel OK with it but we can't imprison Li forever.

-- 23943102


Shelly Glover is the worst kind of cynical, appeal-to-the-lowest-common-denominator, photo-op, angry-at-everything, divisive politician. She is the poster child for why Canadians are dismissive of all politicians. She must be defeated in 2016.

-- GammaRay


I pity Mr. Li. I understand that he is ill. It does not take away the fact that he committed a horrible crime. That should be the one and only factor that is considered, whether it was done of free will, or due to illness and not intentional, whether remembered or not. I am sorry for him. I pity those that suffer in this way, however, it does not negate the crime that was committed. Keeping Mr. Li in a hospital, well taken care of for the rest of his life, is not insensitive in my view.

-- sunny2


Judgmental. Check.

Short-sighted. Check.

Pompous. Check.

Arrogant. Check.

Pandering to the vengeful masses. Check.

Willing to say anything to score cheap political points. Check.

It's easy to see why Glover is Harper cabinet material. Hey Shelly, why not do your own job instead of trying to meddle in Andrew Swan's?

-- lollipopsandsunshine


"Canadians expect that their justice system will focus on protecting the rights of victims and safeguarding the public from high-risk individuals," says Glover.

The problem is, this individual is not part of the justice system. He's NCR, which means he's part of the mental-health system. If he were part of the justice system, there would be some, albeit weak, mechanisms in place for forcing him to stay on his meds once he's released. His current status in the health system is the very reason people are concerned -- there is nothing that allows authorities to force him to take his meds once he's fully released. Glover isn't wrong in being outraged at what is happening on moral grounds, but she really is just working the publicity of this since the two systems are entirely separate.

-- SurferChick


I can only come to the conclusion that we have here an MP that is advocating ignoring medical science, ignoring the legal system and curing illnesses by locking people with them away forever.

Thanks for bringing Canada back to the dark ages.

-- 23943102


Dear Ms. Glover:

The Constitution Act (you might have heard of it) clearly defines the federal/provincial division of powers. This case is neither your, nor the federal government's, business. Who the heck do you think you are to order our A-G to order his Crowns to appeal the decision of the review board?

Madame, it is your statement (not the decisions of the A-G of Manitoba) that is truly the "insult... to all law-abiding Manitobans."

-- Maudoug


Whether Li is in or out shouldn't depend on how anyone "feels."

-- nachraligre1


FP POLL : Do you agree with decision for more freedom for LI? NOW AT 80% NO

You guys can throw all the thumbs down you want at us that say no. You can give all the accolades you want for the treatment of Li. The masses don't agree with you and you know what the sad part for you is?? There are a hell of lot MORE of us than your ilk. Come election time things can be changed to address the fear we feel. The BEST part is: each one of us fearful citizens have ONE VOTE EACH and we will make a difference come election time.

-- moedip


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 2, 2014 A10

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