Sunday, May 22, 2011

Conservatives: Tough On Crime

A collection of RCMP souvenirs from around Canada.                    Image via Wikipedia
Singapore is noted as a tough-on-crime country.  I've been there about 30 times. Did it cramp my style? No. How did this tough-on-crime jurisdiction strike me? Clean, orderly, and safe.

Which brings us to the Canadian Conservatives' crime omnibus bill. The media are endlessly concerned about any and all Conservative crime measures. Expect to see the words draconian, regressive, neanderthal, and punishment-focused in the days ahead.

But what about the draconian, regressive, punishment-focused actions the neanderthal Conservatives have already taken? The National Post has a list.

* Toughened sentencing and bail for serious gun crimes
* Imposed mandatory jail time for drive-by and reckless shootings
* Ended so-called “sentence discounts” for multiple murder
* Ended early parole for murderers
* Cracked down on street racing and drug-impaired driving
* Raised the age of sexual consent to 16 years from 14 years
* Stopped two-for-one credit for time served in pre-trial custody
* Ended early parole for white-collar criminals
* Made it mandatory for sex offenders to be included in the National Sex Offender Registry
* Imposed tougher sentencing for child traffickers
* Made it mandatory for Internet providers to report information they receive about child pornography on the web
* Hired 1,000 new RCMP personnel
* Imposed longer wait periods for certain offenders seeking a pardon

How did these actions adversely affect you?

Thought so.

Singapore has a disembarkation card. At the bottom it states, "Death for drug smugglers". Unless you plan to smuggle drugs, you have nothing to worry about.

And that's the way the Ball bounces.

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Anonymous said...

There's a big problem in the omnibus bill. C51 clause 5 criminalizes linking to sites that may be "hateful". It specifically mentions web links.

The potential for abuse by activists and controlling government officials is infinite.

In light of what Ezra Levant went through a few years ago, how could the CPC be so stupid as to put such wording in a bill?

Soon everyone who has a blog where a commenter has linked to Stormfront will be on the Warman watch.

Hilarity ensues.

RkBall said...

Glad you pointed that out.

C51 Clause 5 has got to go.

Cytotoxic said...

It's telling that the author endorses a police state as the model for Canada so as to lend support to the Tory's Stupid-on-crime legislation.

Hollie said...

Everyone with good sense is "tough on crime;" who ever said we should be easy on it? (Apart from liberals, I mean.) Perhaps the Canadian system of law enforcement, and the Canadian judicial system, are more honest, truly just, and less corrupt than those in America, from which I immigrated. I hope so. But there is a common cliché, which you did not repeat: "As long as you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about." In America, that is simply not true. Innocent people are often prosecuted because they're easy targets for unscrupulous prosecutors, and guilty people are often ignored. Again, I hope that such things don't happen in Canada, but I'm afraid that human nature doesn't stop at the border.

RkBall said...

Hollie -- thank you for your excellent comment.

Anonymous said...

C51 clause 5 is a disaster!

Surely the CPC can't be serious about this.

I read somewhere that this is something that the bureaucrats have been trying to sneak into law for years, but it keeps getting pulled out.

Damn, the current government better wake up. All this "hate speech" business is nothing short of Orwellian! Even the Liberals didn't try to pull this type of sh&t

Hollie said...

And thank you for your very fine blog!

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"