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Was justice served in the Brandon Pardi case?

It was an emotional morning at the Valleyfield courthouse yesterday. On the docket was the sentencing of Brandon Pardi. He faced a maximum of 14 years in prison after being convicted of dangerous driving causing death following an accident that killed a toddler in Ile Perrot in 2007.

Also showing strain was the toddler’s mother, Nadine Leduc.

After the judge handed down the sentence – two years less a day to be served under house arrest – the emotions burst to the surface.

Pardi was spared jail time. That decision sent a jolt through everyone.

Everyone who has watched and read about this case as it has made its way through the courts for the last four-and-a-half years has an opinion. Fine. There may never be a consensus of whether it was fair or just.

But there is no doubt that this case should serve as a dramatic reminder that all acts can have serious and devastating consequences.

When you talk to your kids about responsibility, point to this case. When your teenager thinks he or she knows it all, point to this case. When things go horribly wrong, there are no winners. Everyone loses.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and opionions below.

Brenda O’Farrell

To read the full version of Quebec Court Judge Michel Mercier’s judgment, click here.


  1. By Justice

    This is an absolute travesty of justice,the Quebec justice sysytem does nothing to protect society or the victims its all about the the well being of the criminal,this guy should be in jail for at least ten years,he does not deserve to wake up in his own bed after what he has done.He and his family have shown no remorse and they haven’t even apoligized for his actions its all about keeping their spoiled rotten brat out of jail,he has not and will not be punished for what he did.Pardi will be able to get up everyday and see the light of day that is soemthing Bianca will never see,he will party on with his friends and its just a matter of time that he will break his sentence conditions and I hope when he does we will get a real judge to deliver the proper sentence he deserves.It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if Bianca’s family was politically famous or a member of the justice system.Its unfortunate but maybe this has to happen to famous politcal family or a top member of the justice department so the criminal gets what he deserves.I only hope the whole PARDI family lie awake at night for a very long time wondering about what their son did to that precious little girl  

  2. All you Pardi apologists need to look up the definition of “accident.” An accident involves unforeseeable consequences. Even a ten-year-old knows that if you drive like an idiot, someone can get hurt, even die. When you wake up one morning with the intent of breaking the law by driving without a license, anyone with an ounce of brains knows that there could be trouble. He decided to do it anyway. When you decide to go racing in a residential street, anyone with a functioning brain knows there could be trouble. He did it anyway. Where’s the accident? He got caught?



  3. By Michael W

    If I shoot a gun in the direction of a crowd, is it an accident if someone gets shot, even if I didn’t mean that to happen? At what point to we expect someone to take responsibility for actions they choose to make that anyone else would see could have dire consequences? Or do we act like his parents and pat him on the head and say how bad the world is to have singled a good boy out for punishment he doesn’t deserve?

  4. Wow!  There is some serious hate mail here today. Classifing him in the same group as mass murderers, and pedophiles is very harsh. It shows some derangement in our society. This kid made a stupid decision. It had tragic consequences. Every stupid decision has potential consequences. And every one of us has made a stupid decision in our youth. It’s just that we got away with it. So – do we put every person that has made a stupid decision in prison with rapist and killers?Or just the ones that didn’t get away with it? That actually makes the rest of us scum because we didn’t pay the panality for our stupid decision(s). Instead – We are allowed to sit at our work computers and condemn other people we don’t even know. I do have sympathy for the little girl’s family. I have to ask myself “what if it was my 5 year old son that was killed”?

  5. Although the death of that toddler made me very sad, I do not believe that sending Brandon to a penetenciary would have made anyone feel better.  It most certainly would not have served JUSTICE. When look back as a 45 year old man and look back all the stupid things I did as a teenager, I wonder why I am still alive and kicking today.   But the answer is simple: I got away with it…just like 99% of the people who make stupid decisions every day. Now, I don’t want to get into any details, but in my mid twenties I was convicted of a crime and sent to prison.  Let me tell you this: Prison is a dangerous place to be.  You are surrounded with people who are insane but not “legally insane”.  With those people alone, your life could be in danger for no reason whatsoever.  After that, you have the bikers who want to control the institution…and the way they do that is getting inmates to do their “dirty stuff” like stealing for them, getting information on some prison employees and much much more.  And after that, you are surrounded by people who justify their crimes and have no remorse.  As I said, prison is a dangerous place to be in. How could that have “rehabilitated” Brandon Pardi?  Does he “need” rehabilitation?  OF COURSE NOT!!!  Her death is sad and will always be.  But, lets not somewhat “taint” the sadness of her death by sending a stupid boy in a dangerous environment.  As I said, it won’t make anyone feel better in the long run.   

  6. By Someone

    Sorry bro, he was doing 70 in a thirty zone. Whether or not he had any intention, he messed up BAD. Thats like driving 220 Km/H on the hiway. Speed limits are there for a reason. They are reduced when there are a lot of schools and families and parks in the area, because there are more KIDS. They are reduced when the streests are too short and full of kids to gain any speed and stil stop safely. He was doing 70 km/h in a 30 zone. AND then he crossed the yellow line. I’m sure it was an accident, and I’m sure he’ll be feeling bad about it every day for the rest of his life. But driving well over twice the speed limit on a short street where kids are playing was NOT AN ACCIDENT. He was driving with excessive speed ON PURPOSE. Maybe racing his friend, joking around and trying to cut him off, whatever the case was. The fact remains he broke the law by driving in the first place. (HE DIDN’T HAVE A LICENSE!) Then again when he was speeding. (AT OVER TWICE THE SPEED LIMIT, IN A RESIDENTIAL ZONE WITH REDUCED SPEED LIMITS!!) End of story.

  7. By Jane1234

    Wow, you compare Pardi to Rocco Magnotta? That is twisted, I am sorry….I find your judgement very clouded. What happened to that little girl is heartbeaking, I think we all agree, but to insinuate Pardi is anything more than a young man who was reckless on the most horrible day of his life is unfair and untrue. 

  8. You all say that you’re disappointed in the Quebec justice system, well frankly, im disappointed in all of you. None of you writing here obviously know Brandon because if you did know him like I do, you would all know that he’s been extremely remorseful and apologetic for what hr has done. I am in no way stating that what he did was right. But you all act like he woke up this morning and said to himself “im gonna go step into my car and hit a little girl today”. Like a couple of you had said, every single one of us makes mistakes. Plenty of my friends drive home after drinking at a bar. thé only difference between brandons mistake and every other young kid out there is that Brandon got caught. If it was your little girl you got killed, you’d be feeling that he should die for what he did but if it was any of your children in Brandon’s position you would be kissing the ground because he didn’t wind up in jail, where he would most likely become a hardened criminal. Don’t say that he hasn’t said sorry because you don’t know him and if you did you’d know that he’s been going through hell and will continue to go through hell through the rest of his life.

  9. By John Fresher

    It is worth noting that from 50km/h to 100km/h the total braking distance of
    your car can increase from 15 metres to 60 metres. When you double the speed
    of your car you multiply the total braking distance four times.

    Remember a 5km/h difference in your speed could be the difference between
    life and death for a vulnerable road user like a pedestrian.

    • Hit by a car at 60km/h, 9 out of 10 pedestrians will be killed.
    • Hit by a car at 50km/h, 5 out of 10 of pedestrians will be killed.
    • Hit by a car at 30km/h, 1 out of 10 pedestrians will be killed.
  10. first of all he wasnt simply driving he was racing in a residential area which is way different than simply driving…….I dont think you would say that if she were your daughter ……at his age he should be mature enough to know that!  we have laws to ensure consequences are given to those who infringed them…. and quite frankly I dont think that 2 years outside prison is enough for the severity of his act……

  11. By OneWomanArmy

    What about his parents? He was not supposed to be driving the family car. Why did he have access to the keys? They are also responsible for this tragedy. And of course it was not an accident. When you CHOOSE to drive a car recklessly it is far from an accident. It IS intent. It IS dangerous. And there are consequences. At Brandon’s age, he should have known better than to drive without a license and to behave so irresponsibly. A little girl is now dead because of your intentional action. DEAD. You should be more than willing to take a punishment that fits this crime, Brandon. It is the only way to save your soul.

  12. By Mr Maxime Côté

    I am for rehabilitation, I am for mistakes pardonned , I am for justice.


    I truly am offended by this sentence. It has gone too far. There was no place for ANY doubt in that case.


    Plus the family attempted to play on the age of the criminal, from the start. What an insult and a proof of ill responsibility.


    Little innocent Bianca received the harshest of sentence, her family too. Pardi received what ? What will youth of this land receive as a message ? Will it be for their real honest good ? For our common good ?


    Things must change or else I fear great turmoil.


    Profoundly outraged, disturbed and ashamed of my Justice system.

  13. By Common sense

    I do not know him but i see the point of view. He obviously isnt a murderer so lets not compare him to the psychotic magnota . But he did cause the lost of a child( but lets remember not on purpose) so he did deserve a punishment, if he would not have reseved anything now quebec would of had a problem. Why should he deserve 14 years in jail when turcotte killed on purpose and didnt get anything. There just happened to have a girl behind the fence that he hit. I dont think purposely hit that fence wanting to kill someone he seems like a mentaly stabled guy. Just like any 20 year old he did mistakes.  You guys should be thinking in both ways pf the situatuion. You guys need growin up to do

  14. By Objective

    Allow me to first and foremost state that I have no connection in the slightest to either parties involved in this tragedy. I am not standing for one side or the other. Just offering an alternate view to some of these comments. My condolences go out to the family and friends and community that lost a shining star far, far too long before her time.

    I’m not so sure you’d be as quick to say these things if it were your child driving, or yourself who was behind the wheel.

    I’m not excusing his actions, and frankly no one will ever know beyond the shadow of a doubt what was going through his mind. However, it was an accident. Drugs were NOT a factor. Neither were alcohol or excessive speed. This seems to be a tragic accident.

    Now I’m not saying that I agree with the sentencing. Personally, I agree that he should have served time in prison. The factor of deterrence that this would create among other drivers would have great impact. Imagine the though of being 18 years old, fresh out of high school, and being sent to Bordeaux with hardened criminals. Should be enough to stop and sane and sober person from taking the terrible risk of speeding etc.

    HOWEVER, if this was truly just a tragic accident, as it appears to be, I believe the kid (Pardi) has suffered more than most can imagine. Imagine the guilt you would live with every day. Reliving it every time you see a child on their lawn. Having the events play out in your head every time you hear someone break sharply. It must be unbearable. Not to mention the issues created by having a city turn against you from an tragic mistake, or unavoidable set of very sad circumstances. Imagine the way you would feel. Prison would probably turn this kid into a true criminal.

    An accident is not murder, and murder is not an accident. Please don’t confuse the two. This young man was involved in a terribly sad and tragic accident. He didn’t film it and send his bumper to the government and elementary schools. How can you call this person a heartless murderer? Did you say the same for the dozens of workeres involved in building the De La Concorde overpass which collapsed in Laval, killing several people? What about the contractors, engineers, suppliers, inspectors and officials who let the shoddy work (which led to its collapse) take place? Get your heads straight.

  15. You defend the driver on the grounds that it was an “accident.”  If I drive a car at four times the speed limit down a residential street, something bad is bound to happen.  It was not an accident.  It was a predictable consequence of reckless behaviour.  He may not have know which kid would be killed, but he should have had a good idea that someone’s kid would be dead.  It’s like firing off a gun in a crowded theatre.  I might not intend to hit any person in the room, but when someone is shot, I can’t claim it was an “accident.”

  16. By Kim Ly Khim


    Good morning,

    This was not an accident !  The guy knew exactly what he was doing.  He knew he was driving in a residential area.  Had he been found not guilty for reaseon of insanity, I would have forgive him but this was no accident.  It was deliberate, reckless and irresponsible.  He showed no sign of remorse or guilt either and neither did his family.  This is a total disrespect of human life and you should be ashamed to play down this case as an accident.  I suspect that yourself were involved in this kind of ”accident” and took off without remorse.


  17. By west island mom

    Really, more of his friends and family posting.

    What a shame. We will see what he does with his life now.


  18. By Psykoma

    “But there is no doubt that this case should serve as a dramatic reminder that all acts can have serious and devastating consequences.”

    Not for Mr. Pardi.

  19. By billy m

    using this stupid judges logic

    .if i go to break into a house and I find the door open and I commit a robbery and get caughtcan I use the “yeah but the door was open” when I got there to my defence?

    if I push someone onto metro tracks can I use the “well its not my fault the metro was coming at that exact time I pushed him”  ?

    he knew what he was doing. hes driving way over the speed limit..

    and please dont use that well he was a minor crap…

    judge michel mercier… go visit the girls parents personallly and not fromn a court room and see their personal hell they are going through… you just made it permanent hell


  20. By Douglas

    It may well be that the driver who killed the toddler is not at great risk to re-offend, but the primary objective of justice is to protect society, and deterrence is likely the major factor, not rehabilitation.  This easy sentence is not a deterrent to other young drivers, who will continue to take excessive risks, now knowing that Quebec judges will impose light punishbement, even if they are caught.

    While house arrest is not fun, it is not prison either. The “punished” can watch TV, surf the net, have parties, etc.  At the very least, driving privileges must be suspended for a very long time, and not just a few years.

  21. By Anonymous1

    Quebec is a joke. This piece of garbage took a little girl’s life and he’s “grounded” for two years. I’m surprised they didn’t take away his dessert ,I suppose that would have been much too harsh. I thought for sure they’d make an example out of this guy and give him at least two years in jail. JUSTICE IS A JOKE!!!

    Guy Turcotte will also be free within a year for murdering kids. Ya gotta love Quebec, at least the criminals do.

  22. By Kim Ly Khim

    I totally agreed with you !  This is great news for rapist, murderers, pedophile and other perverts.  The Justice System doesn’t give a “$”/k   about the victims and their families.  The system cares more about  pleasing the bastards who committed the crime.  I love Quebec but this judge just put a new low for Quebec !  

  23. By Sylvie Marchand

    i am appalled at our justice system. You mention ‘consequence’. There has been no consequence. He walks a free man. Two years of house arrest is nothing. This little 3 year old girl has lost her life. i am so upset for her parents. The justice system is saying it’s ok to kill a child while you’re driving. That her life meant nothing. Exactly how could they come to this sentence? If you can call it a sentence. This little girl’s parents have gone through enough & now this? How will they cope? this is a time when I am truly ashamed of being canadian. There are no words to express the outrage i feel. Society has been completely let down.



  24. Only time will tell if this guy has learned his lesson and if Justice has truly been served. However, his desire to appeal his conviction suggests that he has not accepted the results or consequences of his actions. He has no valid excuse for an appeal other than the fact that he has and rightfully deserves a criminal record that he does not want. It also seems that he has little remorse for this tragedy that he was the sole cause of.

    Hopefully Bianca’s family can somehow put this behind them and get on with their lives.

  25. By Bobby B

    It is a horrfic story, but justice served.  it was an accident. go put real murderes  behind bars. why waste tax money on him?

  26. You’d feel the same way if it was your toddler daughter killed, right?


    Didn’t think so….but how convenient of you!

  27. By Anonymous29472944

    All the parents out there who are mad about this decision need to take a look n the mirror or give your heads a shake. All young men like him make stupid mistakes and drive like they are invincible and untouchable. Pardy was just the kid whos stupid mistake had the absolute worst outcome.

    Hes going to be punished for this mentally for the rest of his life.

  28. How is it a “mistake” to wake up and, knowing you are not legally allowed to be driving alone, get into a car and go racing in a residential area during school hours? That is an intentional act, not an ooops mistake like tripping over a rake. Your assumption that he will “be punished for this mentally for the rest of his life” is not supported by any facts. That’s just your wishful thinking that all people are basically good. He has fought taking responsibility for this all along, including trying to be tried in juvenile court even though he was 18 at the time, and never apologizing. Where is the mental torture you so naively wish for? When you raise a child who has a misplaced sense of entitlement, I can guarantee he is sitting at home angry about what everyone else has done TO HIM.

  29. By D Levesque

    First of all, my condolences go out to Bianca’s family.  

    An accident remains an accident.  14 years would’ve been a too harsh.  2 years house arrest may sound a little too “sentence bonbon”.  However, sending him to jail would not do this kid any good.  Going to jail in my opinion would turn him a criminal, he would make new friends in there.  Slowly lose contact with his “normal” friends.   His intent was not to kill – unlike Guy Turcotte.   He was going twice the speed limit but drugs or alcohol were not involved.  You know… we can get mad all we want, taking everything into consideration, the judge made his decision. 

    I can’t imagine how though it is for the mother to put all this behind her.  Although I read that she now has another daughter.   What if Brandon offered to do some gardening around her property, some house work. Mowing the lawn.  Little things.  They could get to know eachother…and perhaps that would ease the tensions.  Seeking acceptance and pardon.    

    Notice if you merge the first and last name … Brandon Pardi …..  Pardon

  30. By Objective

    I am redacting most of my statement. I was confusing this case with another in which excessive speed was not involved. The case I was thinking about was a tragic accident in which control of the vehicle was lost due to rain on the road. It would seem I was indeed quick to judge.

    This case, involving pardi, though, is a different story. While I stand by the fact that he will undoubtedly suffer from remorse and guilt (whether or not he shows it) for the rest of his life… I retract other statements that may appear to defend this guy. I am terribly sorry for the loss of the victims family. Very sad, unfair, and could have been avoided.

  31. By Objective

    I stand by my statement that people can be quick to judge though. I didn’t understand the facts, clearly, as I had erroneously said that speed was not a factor, which it was. However this seemed to give you the idea that I had commited vehicular manslaughter. I have not.

    I have not been in such an accident. In fact, I have been in two accidents. One I was struck from behind at low speed while stopped at a red light. The other, I slid on black ice ice while doing 22 km/h in a 30 zone. I braked for the first time 16 seconds before the moment of impact, which was 120 meters away, and struck a car stopped at a red light at approx 9 km/h. To save you the math, I was travelling very slowly, and leaving ample braking distance. Furthermore, when a salt truck was dispatched to the intersection, it too slid while braking, and slowly turned perpendicular to the sense of traffic withing the 2 lane street roughly 50m past us.

    I fully agree with your statement that “It was deliberate, reckless and irresponsible”. Fully.


  32. By Objective

    See reply above. I was mistaking the case for another in which the driver was not responsible. This is very sad. This accident was indeed avoidable. I mentioned that speed and neglect were not a factor, however after further review of the case, I have realised that they WERE indeed factors.

    This kid “did not have a full licence, was speeding, and was using a phone while driving” according to another news article. Apparently he was driving at 70 km an hour. In a 30 zone. Careless and moronic. This was an easily avoidable accident. This kid should be serving time with hardened criminals, I agree.

  33. By Anonymousgg

    You people are too much hope you experience something tradgic one day and face severe consequences. put yourself in his shoes you uneducated tard

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