Edmonton man refuses to answer questions during inquiry into sons' murders

An Alberta man who is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to killing his two young sons took the stand on Monday during an inquiry into the boys' deaths.

See Full Article

Jason Cardinal told the court he suffers from mental illnesses and often answered "I don't recall" when questioned by inquiry lawyer Peter Duckett.

The inquiry was called to examine the events leading up to the deaths of six-year-old Caleb and three-year-old Gabriel.

The children were found strangled inside Cardinal's Edmonton home shortly before Christmas in 2010. Cardinal was also found suffering from self-inflicted wounds at the time.

When court resumed on Monday afternoon, Cardinal demanded that he be designated a "hostile witness" and said he won't answer any more questions.

"This is about one person gaining for a tragedy," Cardinal said.

Cardinal's mother also took the stand and became emotional when asked about the last time she spoke with her grandsons.

"That time for me as a grandmother is hard to remember and it is painful," Germaine Cardinal said. "No matter what is decided, it's not going to change the fact that they're gone."

The inquiry is expected to last all week.

Cardinal pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 2012 and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

At the time, the court heard that Cardinal had been planning a murder-suicide for weeks before the boys were found dead.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • How one note from Lady Gaga told the story of Joe Biden's inauguration

    World News CBC News
    Sometimes, music tells a story more succinctly than a speech, and on Wednesday, Lady Gaga managed to capture the message of Joe Biden's inauguration, and the span of American history, in just one note. It lasted four soul-stirring seconds, deep into a performance of the U.S. Source
  • Proud Boy organizer from Florida among latest arrests for U.S. Capitol riot

    World News CBC News
    Two Florida men, including a self-described organizer for the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, were arrested Wednesday for taking part in the siege of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, authorities said. Joseph Biggs, 37, was arrested in central Florida and faces charges of obstructing an official proceeding before Congress, unlawful entry and disorderly conduct. Source
  • New White House press secretary holds 1st briefing this evening

    World News CBC News
    U.S. President Joe Biden's new press secretary has scheduled the new administration's first White House press briefing for Wednesday evening. Jen Psaki said meeting with the news media on Day One was a symbol of the administration's commitment to transparency. Source
  • COVID-19 variant identified at Barrie, Ont., long-term care home where 19 residents have died

    Canada News CTV News
    BARRIE, ONT. -- A COVID-19 variant has been identified in six swab tests done at Roberta Place in Barrie, Ont., where an outbreak has claimed at least 19 lives. Since the health unit declared an outbreak at the long-term facility, cases have exploded, with 122 residents, 69 staff, and two visitors testing positive for COVID-19. Source
  • Director out at Ontario hospital after vaccine queue jumped

    Canada News CBC News
    A director at the Headwaters Health Care Centre (HHCC) in Orangeville, Ont. has retired after having a family member vaccinated during a clinic intended for hospital staff, physicians and local healthcare workers. The "unfortunate incident" happened during a vaccination clinic held by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health on Jan. Source
  • How Biden's COVID-19 plan differs from Trump's

    World News CTV News
    TORONTO -- The inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden doesn’t just mark the end of Donald Trump’s presidency but it also signals a new direction in the effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic in America. To political and health experts critical of Trump’s response, the twice-impeached president’s pandemic action plan was one of inaction that led the country to world-leader status in deaths and infections. Source
  • Hamilton city councillor got racist, threatening messages after deadly U.S. Capitol riot

    Canada News CBC News
    A city councillor in southern Ontario says her office received two racist, threatening voice messages from a Hamilton man days after the attack at the U.S. Capitol that killed five people. Hamilton city councillor Nrinder Nann (Ward 3) revealed details of the hateful messages during a council meeting on Wednesday — the same day Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as U.S. Source
  • The youngest poet to read at a U.S. presidential inauguration had dreams of this day

    World News CBC News
    In one of the inauguration's most talked about moments, poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world "even as we grieved, we grew." The 22-year-old Gorman referenced everything from Biblical scripture to the musical Hamilton, and at times echoed the oratory of John F. Source
  • Kamala Harris makes history as first woman of colour to take the oath of U.S. vice-president

    World News CBC News
    U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris broke the barrier Wednesday that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation's second-highest office. Harris was sworn in as the first female vice-president — and the first Black person and person of South Asian descent to hold the position — in front of the U.S. Source
  • U.S. President Joe Biden's full inauguration speech

    World News CBC News
    Here is the full text of the inaugural address, delivered by U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday. Chief Justice Roberts, Vice-President Harris. Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, and my distinguished guests, my fellow Americans, this is America's day. Source