Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre addresses the Conservative caucus for the first time as leader during a meeting in Ottawa on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Poilievre calls for Mendicino to resign over handling of Paul Bernardo transfer

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre says Marco Mendicino should resign or be fired over his office’s handling of knowledge that Paul Bernardo was being transferred to a medium-security prison.

Poilievre points out that when the Correctional Service of Canada’s decision to move the convicted killer and serial rapist from his maximum-security penitentiary became public, the minister of public safety said he was shocked.

The Conservative leader is now calling that reaction a lie, given reports that the correctional service informed his office at least three months before the transfer and again several days before Bernardo was moved.

A spokesperson in Mendicino’s office has said the minister only learned of Bernardo’s transfer to a medium-security prison once it happened.

Mendicino said Tuesday that there was “back and forth” between the correctional service and the department leading up to the decision, when asked why he was not informed ahead of time.

Poilievre said before the Tories’ weekly caucus meeting today that the minister has mishandled other files, including the Liberals’ latest gun-control legislation and the government’s response to alleged Chinese police stations operating in Canada.