It was seven years ago that I had an opportunity to hand deliver a petition from over 15,000 concerned citizens of the Okanagan (15,258 to be exact) to former Conservative Justice Minister Steven Blaney opposing the parole release of Mr. David Ennis.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar, David Ennis (formerly David Shearing), is the mass murderer who brutally took the lives of the West Kelowna residing Johnson and Bentley family of 6, who were on a camping trip in August of 1982.
While this horrific and tragic act took place close to 40 years ago, Mr. Ennis may be again coming before the parole board in July of this year.
This painful event once again haunts the family and friends of the victims.
One of these family friends is West Kelowna resident Tammy Arishenkoff, who was a classmate of the Johnson girls.
Over the past decades, whenever Mr. Ennis has been before the parole board, Tammy has dutifully collected a petition from the thousands of citizens opposed to the release of David Ennis.
I would like to sincerely thank Tammy Arishenkoff for her efforts in this regard and also to recognize the many citizens who have participated in this petition process.
We must always remember the victims in acts of deplorable and senseless violence.
With the potential parole board hearing for Mr. Ennis in July of this year, Tammy Arishenkoff is once again leading the petition charge to gather together citizens opposed to the parole release of David Ennis.
The petition is located here:
My question this week:
Will you sign this petition?
I can be reached at Dan.Albas@parl.gc.ca or toll free 1-800-665-8711.
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Dan Albas is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.