Conservative Majority Would Hustle Crime Bills Into Law All at Once

Stephen Harper is promising a majority Conservative government would bundle all the law-and-order legislation it’s been trying pass into one omnibus bill – and pass it within 100 days of taking power.

This is one of the pledges being unveiled Friday when the Tory Leader unveils his election platform in the Greater Toronto Area, one that attempts to wedge the vote to Mr. Harper’s advantage.

The bold justice bill pledge, leaked to media outlets early Thursday evening, is an attempt to more clearly differentiate the Conservatives from Liberal and New Democrat opponents, forcing voters to decide between what the Tories hope are now stark alternatives.

The Liberals have been muddling their message on crime this week. The party’s public safety critic, Mark Holland, announced that a Liberal government would not undo any Tory legislation passed to date. It was an attempt to dispel Conservative charges that Mr. Holland’s party is soft on crime.

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff later contradicted Mr. Holland, and is making no promises to preserve Conservative laws already passed.

A significant portion of the Conservative platform has already been released. It includes all measures in the tiny 2011 budget, which was shelved after opposition parties defeated the government on March 25.

The Tories say their “Here for Canada” basket of election promises will cover five areas: measures to create jobs, help families including seniors, eliminate the deficit, toughen crime laws and defend Canada including the Arctic.

It will be unveiled at 10 a.m. ET at a convention centre in Mississauga, Ont.

The Conservatives have already unveiled a number of significant promises that weren’t in the budget, including a March 31 pledge to guarantee a $4.2-billion loan for a Newfoundland and Labrador hydro power project that angered Quebec.

A day later the Tories softened the blow for Quebec with a big-ticket promise to give the province $2.2-billion in compensation for harmonizing its sales tax with the federal goods and services levy.

Mr. Harper has also tossed a controversial pledge in the pile, promising that if he wins a majority he would scrap a per-vote taxpayer subsidy, one that his rivals have come to depend on heavily.

The Tories have unloaded a raft of tax break promises for Canadians but with the caveat most won’t be delivered until the deficit is eliminated. This means this relief would not arrive for three or four years under current forecasts.

This applies to one of the centrepiece Conservative election promises unveiled so far in the campaign: a $2.75-billion tax cut for families with children. This won’t take effect before the federal government’s books are balanced, Mr. Harper announced March 28. The pledge, to allow income-sharing between parents for tax purposes, will average $1,300 in tax savings for 1.8 million families.

The delayed-gratification message is a deliberate attempt to contrast the Tories with the Liberals, who are promising to raise taxes and roll back Tory corporate tax-cut commitments.

There are 11 Conservative justice bills that Parliament did not pass before the Harper government was defeated March 25. Together, these bills would:

» Crack down on organized drug crime;

» End house arrest for serious and violent criminals;

» End house arrest for serious personal injury offences such as sexual assault;

» Eliminate pardons for serious criminals;

» Establish tougher sentences and mandatory jail time for sexual offences against children;

» Strengthen the handling of violent and repeat young offenders (Sébastien’s Law);

» Give law enforcement and national security agencies up-to-date tools to fight crime in today’s high-tech telecommunications environment;

» Give the government more discretion when considering requests to transfer Canadian prisoners to Canada from other countries;

» Provide police and the courts more tools to investigate and prevent terrorism;

» Allow victims of terrorism to sue perpetrators and supporters of terrorism in Canadian courts;

» And streamline long and complex trials.

– Article from The Globe and Mail.



  1. Anonymous on

    Unfortunately, Harper is simply better at the game of politics than the opposition. Ignatieff is not an experienced politician and doesn’t know how to play the public like Harper does. Raising taxes usually doesn’t get a lot of votes. You have to arrange your campaign so that voters think they are getting the benefits they want while costing them as little as possible. Harper knows he can’t actually deliver on such promises until several years down the road, if at all, but he doesn’t bother to mention that in his campaign ads. He just says the words “tax cuts” and the brainless majority eats it up. If Ignatieff were smart he would make even bigger promises, to take effect only when the deficit is eliminated, which could be never. That’s how you win the game of politics, not by saying that you will only do what Canada can afford to do and being pragmatic. The average Canadian doesn’t like harsh reality and wants to be told a fairy tale about how great their future will be if only they vote for so and so.

    Ignatieff is simply out of his league competing with the seasoned dirty politics of Harper. Layton? He’s not even a threat to Harper worth mentioning. Harper will just make a gesture with his hand and Layton will start choking and die, just like when darth Vader did it. Layton and Ignatieff are like bugs to the evil Harper. They just don’t play dirty enough to compete. Here’s how you beat Harper. You make a video showing a montage of Harper crap, like footage of him making all these claims that he will clean up Canadian politics contrasted by later footage after he gains power showing him directly contradicting his own prior statements. Nobody will do that, though, because they just don’t know how to play the game to win. So far, Ignatieff has done absolutely nothing to give anyone a good reason to vote for him. I can’t even think of one memorable point he has ever made which would cause anyone to vote for him instead of Harper.

    Harper has already made a bunch of ads that make Ignatieff look like a putz and I haven’t seen one Liberal ad showing what a putz Harper really is. If all I knew about the two of them was what I see on campaign ads then as of right now I would think Ignatieff is a complete jerk and that Harper is a competent politician with Canada’s best interests in mind. Nothing could be further from the truth but that’s what it looks like from what we see on TV right now. Ignatieff is taking a serious beating from the Harper character assassination machine and Harper doesn’t even have mark on him yet.

  2. Pedro on

    Crack down on organized drug crime
    MandaTory MiniMums for 6 Plants or any Brownies/Cookies

    Eliminate pardons for serious criminals
    The Conservatives have also tried several back-door methods in targeting pot users, including changing what constitutes a Serious Offence in regulations relating to marijuana and organized crime – so if three or more people trade a few grams of pot amongst each other, this could be a ‘serious offence’, and these people would face 5 years in prison. This was a process Harper’s cabinet manipulated without the need for Parliamentary approval.

    Give the government more discretion when considering requests to transfer Canadian prisoners to Canada from other countries
    We want the Canadian government to bring Marc Emery home to serve his sentence in Canada.
    This is a normal process called “Treaty Transfer” whereby American and Canadian prisoners are transferred home to serve their sentences in their native country. This is normally done so that prisoners can be closer to their families, and be better monitored and reintegrated into society.
    Marc Emery has been sentenced in the USA (to 5 years), his lawyers have initiated the treaty transfer application. They expect no objection from American authorities, but there must also be support from Canada’s Public Safety Minister.

    And streamline long and complex trials!