UCP creates Alberta Parole Board; Opposition sees it as ‘another layer of bureaucracy and do nothing to reduce crime’

News Release

An Alberta First: The Alberta Parole Board

Alberta’s government continues to assert its jurisdictional authority by creating the Alberta Parole Board to better protect Albertans and create a more responsive justice system that reflects the needs of our communities.

The new, independent Alberta Parole Board aims to provide a fairer, faster, more responsive and responsible justice system that better protects Albertans, their loved ones and their property from repeat offenders, including parolees. By creating the provincial parole board, the government is asserting Alberta’s jurisdictional authority, while also ensuring that life-altering decisions regarding parole eligibility are made by and for Albertans. The new board has the authority to grant parole for those serving sentences in provincial correctional facilities, which are sentences less than two years.

“Given the lack of action by the federal government in addressing Alberta’s request for a fair deal in Confederation, the Alberta government must continue to assert its jurisdictional authority where it can, like a provincial parole board. The provincial government has assembled a skilled, diverse and experienced team, and I have the utmost confidence in the Alberta Parole Board members to deliver fair decisions on behalf of Albertans.”Kaycee Madu, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

Rick Hanson, a former chief of the Calgary Police Service and a former chief superintendent of the RCMP K Division, has been appointed chair of the Alberta Parole Board for the next three years.

“I would like to thank Minister Madu for the honour of being appointed as the chair of the newly created Alberta Parole Board. It is a privilege to continue to serve Albertans, and I look forward to working with the other board members. It is our firm commitment to work diligently to make our communities safer.”Rick Hanson, chair, Alberta Parole Board

The board will be up and running on Feb. 1.

Members of the Alberta Parole Board

  • Rick Hanson, chair – a former chief of police in Calgary and a former chief superintendent with the RCMP
  • Randy Anderson – Northland School Board trustee and manager of Indigenous Relations at North Lake College
  • Paul Bourassa – director and vice-president of Altia-ABM Inc. (North America)
  • Craig Paterson – lawyer and former chair of Central Alberta Mental Health Review Board
  • Shelly Takacs – project manager at Alberta Health Services
  • Angela Tripathy – executive leader and general counsel
  • Lisa Wardley – Mackenzie County councillor in Zama City

The members will be serving either two- or three-year terms.

Quick facts

  • Alberta is the third province to have its own parole board, joining Ontario and Quebec.

Related information

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NDP Justice Critic Irfan Sabir issued the following statement regarding the UCP’s creation of the Alberta Parole Board:

“Experts agree this parole board will only add another layer of bureaucracy and do nothing to reduce crime.

“If the UCP really want to reduce crime, they should invest in supporting Albertans through the pandemic and reverse the cuts they’ve made to the justice system, including the $17 million they cut to the Edmonton and Calgary police budgets.”

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