Thursday, April 24, 2014

The crime package is back, combined in a complex, 53-page document containing hundreds of amendments to the Criminal Code that are designed to shift some of the focus from rehabilitation to retribution.

The government will introduce its promised omnibus crime bill, which will require a warehouse cart to move around since it will amalgamate no fewer than 18 separate bills that died on the House order paper with the dissolution of the last Parliament.

The bill which the Harper government is trying to implement is neither novel nor unique. In fact critics of the bill argue that this kind of legislation has been implemented elsewhere and failed.

Bill S-10

With Bill S-10 the Conservatives want to impose a minimum sentence of six months up to two years on certain crimes which currently have no minimum sentence when certain ‘aggravating’ factors apply.

The bill is being met with a lot of opposition, and for good reason. That’s because minimum sentencing bills such as these don’t work or make much sense. They don’t make legal sense because they don’t act as the deterrents that they’re suppose to be, and they don’t make fiscal sense because they end up costing taxpayers millions of dollars with no visible benefit to show for it.

Bill C-51

Bill C-51 – Clause 5  provides that the offences of public incitement of hatred and wilful promotion of hatred may be committed by any means of communication and include making hate material available, by creating a hyperlink that directs web surfers to a website where hate material is posted, for example.”
For simply posting a link to a website that has material someone else deems hateful, you could go to jail for two years and be branded a criminal.

This is another attack on the tax paying middle class, who have to pay for all of this while at the same time losing public services.

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