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Prolific Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton is now eligible to apply for day parole, a move Conservatives say is “unacceptable.” It is the latest case putting a spotlight on Canada’s justice system and the impacts high-profile cases have on the families of victims.

Pickton was charged with 26 murders for the deaths of women who disappeared from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and was convicted of second-degree murder for six of them.

He was sentenced to life in prison in 2007. He is now in his 70s.

In a statement released Thursday, Conservative justice critic Rob Moore said that “monsters like Pickton should never be eligible for parole.”

“Much like Paul Bernardo, the only way Robert Pickton should ever leave prison is in a coffin,” he said.

“Pickton’s parole eligibility means that for every two years from now until his death, he can retraumatize the families of his victims by making them explain why he must be held …

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