Conservative Gulag Minister Rob Nicholson is pressuring the Senate to pass Bill C-15 (mandatory minimums sentences for marijuana!) before it breaks for summer.
A french article (read Google translation) reporting on the Justice Minister’s monday-morning press conference says the Harper government is complaining that opposition parties are systematically blocking all bills relating to law and order, and cited C-15 as an example (thanks to WhyProhibition‘s Jacob Hunter for the tip).
Bill C-15 would bring mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes to Canada, including automatic jail time for growing just a few plants – read more about C-15 here.
Call Senate Leader James Cowan’s office, and tell them to not listen to the Conservatives. Tell them to study Bill C-15 over the summer and NOT pass it right now under Conservative pressure! Leave a message, it’s easy and VERY IMPORTANT! 613-995-4268
Please call or email your Senators and tell them to vote NO! on BILL C-15 as well.
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In a related story, the Harper government is attempting to instal more draconian legislation, this time going after conditional sentencing:
It’s political grandstanding time again. This season’s version is Justice Minister Rob Nicholson’s proposed legislation that would terminate the use of conditional sentences in many cases.
Not because it doesn’t work, but because the government thinks it makes them look like they’re soft on criminals.[…]
Conditional sentences first became available in 1996 to alleviate prison overcrowding and to recognize that alternatives should be available for offenders for whom incarceration is not necessary.
The Conservatives’ proposal would remove sentencing judges’ discretion to impose a conditional sentence, even though the judge — not Parliament — is in the best position to determine the proper sentence on a case by case basis. [Winnipeg Sun]
Conditional sentences include things like home confinement, curfew, community service, electronic monitoring, and abstention from drugs or alcohol, all things that have proven to help reform inmates and take pressure off of our overtaxed prison system. These Tories are getting scarier by the minute.
Bill C-15 will make ordinary Canadians into criminals. Tell your Senator that throwing Canadians in prison is not the answer!