Five myths about the tough-on-crime agenda

When Stephen Harper announced the election on August 2, he suggested only the Conservative party has the experience and knowledge to keep Canada safe and prosperous. A closer look at his government’s tough-on-crime agenda suggests otherwise. In fact, it’s one area we can safely say the government is making Canadians…
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The Disastrous Consequences of the Omnibus Crime Bill

Canada is one Senate vote away from becoming the most regressive Western democracy on criminal justice.  That unenviable position has most recently been occupied by the United States.  But even though some of the most conservative Republicans are now arguing against over-incarceration, Canada continues to pursue that objective. Americans have…
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The New Cost of Criminal Pardons

The Conservative government, with the collaboration of opposition parties, hastily passed a piece of legislation (Bill C-23A) last year which makes it more difficult for offenders to obtain a pardon for their offences.  This was the government’s response to the news that notorious child-molester Graham James had received a pardon,…
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Omnibus Crime Bill an Injustice

This fall the Harper government will pass an omnibus crime bill that will imprison thousands more Canadians and cost billions of dollars. It will not do as advertised by the Conservatives and drive the crime rate down. It will simply incarcerate for longer the many citizens who fall afoul of…
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No More Tough-on-Crime

About 40% of the Harper government’s recent legislative agenda was devoted to crime laws. Most of these would have created new offences and mandated longer sentences. The Conservative government said this was the way to get violent, repeat offenders off the streets and to fight “guns, gangs and drugs.” On…
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