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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 10-15 ABOVE The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PACES Geoffroy case are tabled By GERARD McNEIL OTTAWA fCP) Carmen Parent and Yves Geof- frey lived together (or nine months before he was im- prisoned for life Oct. 13, 1970, for strangling his wife. Geoffroy, a IW-year-old notary, later pleaded in a letter from prison [or permission to marry Miss Par- ent and regularize an embarrassing situation. The letter lasl June 23 touched off a series of de- cisions Hint led to Hie marriage last Dec. 24, when Geoffroy was given a 511-hour leave to wed Miss Parent. Neither has hecn seen Mure. Solicitor-General Jean-Pierre Goyer Tuesday night tabled in Ihe Commons Ilic June 20 letter from Geof- froy; an Aug. report by Montreal social worker Micheline Comcllier recommending the marriage, and a Nov. 3 letter From Rev. L. A. Nickels, chief chaplain for federal prisons, authorizing it. Argues zf's error Mr. Coyer quoted parts of Ihe three documents in the House Monday in arguing Uiat error spectacular as it may have than impropriety was involved in the release of Geoffroy. Eldon Woolliams ffalgary Conservative justice critic, said Tuesday liic case "stinks lo high heaven" and insisted that the documents be made pub- lic in lull. Speaker Lucicn Lamoureux ordered Mr. Goyer to produce them. 'Mr. Woolliams argued lhal, only the cabinet can approve release for a prisoner on a life sentence and Mr. Cover's position, that while there may have been error in the release he was unaware of it, constituted either a falsehood or an admission of such gross mis- management that the minister should resign. Mr. Gojcr, who objeclcd earlier to tabling Uie documents on grounds they concerned a private life and there was no public interest, finally agreed to re- lease them during the day and did so a few months before the Commons completed ils night silting. The letter from Geoffroy said his mamage to Miss Parent would "unite two beings who love one another" and would remove his constant fear that his children, living with relatives since his conviction for stran- gling their mother, would not be provided for ade- quately. A Morlreal social agency was asked by the pen- itentiaries service lo investigate the prospects for the marriage, and Corncllicr was as-signed to make a report- 'avors marriage Her report s-tnmgly recommended the marriage. admitted thai it might appear bizarre thai a 27- year-old physics Icachcr would