When the facts on C-51 are against you, insult the witnesses

Tonight’s hearing into Bill C-51, omnibus anti-terrorism legislation, began as this morning’s, with witnesses expressing their opposition to all or parts of it. It ended with Conservative MP Diane Ablonczy accusing one presenter–yes, the group representing Muslims–of supporting terrorism. But hey, where logic fails, try deflection. The news tomorrow (or today, depending…
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The federal government’s new khaki uniforms

Next week, the federal government will unveil its budget for the coming year. With projections pointing towards a $3.7 billion surplus in 2015-2016, there is every reason to believe that the Harper government will be able to face the electorate sticking its chest out. With pockets that full, it will…
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Harper’s prisons: Québec’s point of view

On this past 5 December, we learnt on the front page of the daily Devoir that college-level instruction provided to inmates was now in jeopardy because of the federal cuts in Flaherty’s last budget. At Collège Marie-Victorin in Montréal, these cuts could bring an end to forty years of inmate…
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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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