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Pana Merchant

The Hon. Pana  Merchant, B.A. Appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, Senator Pana Merchant represents the province of Saskatchewan and the Senatorial Division of Saskatchewan. She has served in the Senate of Canada since December 12, 2002.

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Closure of Prisons

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Statement made on 24 April 2012 by Senator Joan Fraser

Hon. Joan Fraser:

I have a supplementary question. The leader said that the prisoners will be transferred maximum to maximum, medium to medium. That is all well and good, but the plan also includes closing the psychiatric treatment centre. As all members of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee have been made starkly aware, this country's federal prison system is already drastically underserved in terms of treatment for the mentally ill. We know that the population of our prisons increasingly consists of people with mental illnesses. What will the government do with them?

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