Yuan Yi Zhu and Kerry Sun

Why Canada can’t jail terrorists for life

Quebec city courthouse, where Alexandre Bissonnette was tried (photo: Getty)

On 29 January 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette had breakfast, browsed the internet, had dinner with his parents, went to a mosque in Quebec city, and started shooting worshippers as they were praying. When his rifle jammed he pulled out a pistol and kept shooting. He first murdered two brothers by shooting them in the head, then murdered four more men in cold blood.

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Yuan Yi Zhu and Kerry Sun
Yuan Yi Zhu is a Senior Research Fellow at Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project. Kerry Sun is a lawyer in New York and a graduate of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

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