Bissonnette can at the earliest be released conditionally on 35 years. Prosecutors have previously argued in favour of a 150-year prison sentence, which had been the harshest sentence dealt out in Canada since the death penalty was abolished in 1976.
Judge François Huot justified, however, livstidsstraffet with the importance of rehabilitating criminals. "Punishment should not be revenge," he added.
Huot do not believe that the killings were a terrorist attack, but on the other hand Bissonnette was driven by hostility towards immigrants, in particular muslims.
Bissonnettes mental health problems, including an obsession with suicide, are also highlighted by Huot as a contributing factor to the bombing and the sanctions in relation.