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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Brad Wall’s Crime Problem

In opposition to the Conservative’s transformational C-10 omnibus crime bill, Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland are refusing to take on the costs associated with the bill. British Columbia and Manitoba are similarly concerned about the costs of the federal legislation, asking for a full-accounting of the bill’s provisions and cost-sharing agreements…
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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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Family Values and Budget Cuts

Once again, in the middle of summer, the anti-government government has unleashed more anti-policy policy via a compliant Statistics Canada. Who needs data when you’ve got family values? The Harper team knows what you need. (Hint: tax cuts. Oops! Not for you sister, if you’re a single mom.) The Globe…
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