The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is calling for the resignation of the Parole Board of Canada following news that a Saskatoon killer has been arrested in Victoria.
The organization sent out a media release Wednesday afternoon – hours after media reports announced that Kenneth MaCkay was arrested for alleged stalking in Victoria, BC.
Mackay was convicted of the first-degree murder of Crystal Paskemin in Saskatoon in December 2000 and was sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 25 years.
However, the parole board granted Mackay day parole earlier this year.
Victoria police confirmed that Mackay was arrested this past week on allegations of stalking a woman who he worked with.
In the media release, the FSIN says the Parole Board of Canada should be held accountable for letting mackay out early.
“The Parole Board of Canada is facing legitimacy and credibility concerns. The recent case of releasing killer Kenneth Mackay back into public to re-offend has exposed the flaws and biases of the board’s decision-making process. The board has failed to protect the public and to uphold the principles of justice and reconciliation,” read the statement from the FSIN.
Mackay’s parole requirements include a ban from Saskatchewan, a curfew, no drugs, alcohol, and gambling, no contact with the victim’s family, and the reporting of all sexual and non-sexual relationships and friendships with women.
No word yet from the parole board on how this arrest will affect Mackay’s parole eligibility.