Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Con Law of the Jungle
At a time when half of his PMO has been subpoenaed to testify at the Mike Duffy trial, and he might have to go to court to argue why he should not join them.
At a time when his former parliamentary secretary Dean del Mastro is waiting to be sentenced for electoral fraud.
At a time when he is trying to beat the drums of fascism as hard as he can.
It follows that Stephen Harper would try to prove that he's tough on criminals.
People found guilty in some killings should have to serve life in prison with little or no chance of parole, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says.
He made the announcement Wednesday in Scarborough, Ont., accompanied by Justice Minister Peter MacKay, that his government is proposing legislation to end parole for those convicted of murders involving: Sexual assault. Kidnapping. Terrorism. A police or corrections officer. Particular brutality.
Even though he can't explain what "particular brutality" means, our parole system works well, and prisoners sentenced to life in Canada spend on average more time in jail than those in the U.S.
Even though the new law is sure to be challenged in the courts.
The federal government’s plan to let cabinet decide whether convicted criminals serving life without parole should get exceptional release is “unprecedented” and will see legal challenges, an Ottawa constitutional lawyer predicts.
For attempting to politicize the legal process.
“The fact that there’s a political remedy through cabinet would not be sufficient to justify the constitutional violation, because that’s not how we remedy constitutional violations. They have to be remedied through judicial means,” said Carissima Mathen, a constitutional and criminal lawyer currently teaching at the University of Ottawa.
And even though the crime rate is falling like a stone, and at a time when he is trying to turn us into a police state with his foul Bill C-51.
But then Harper's new plan has nothing to do with justice, and everything to do with politics. It's just another attempt to create another wedge issue.
Just another attempt to try to inflame Canadians into voting for him, by appealing to their baser instincts.
Or playing on their fears, to try to turn this country into a jungle.
Because he has nothing else left to try to win another bloody majority, and he is increasingly desperate.
One might hope that Canadians would see though that sinister charade. That most would recognize that Harper is more dangerous than the criminals and the terrorists he would scare them with for crass political purposes.
But when it comes to crime many people in this country lose their heads, and start ranting and raving, and confusing justice with revenge.
So I can only hope that sanity will prevail.
And I can only dream that when that ghastly un-Canadian demagogue is finally defeated, and he is finally charged with his many crimes against Canada.
That the clause on "particular brutality" be invoked.
So he can be sentenced to the long prison term he so justly deserves...
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