STOP BILL C-15!: New Drug Law Will Drive Up Prison Costs

A federal bill that would impose mandatory jail time for serious drug crimes would increase the workload of the parole system, and the government intends to inject more than $100 million over five years to ease the burden, according to the commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada.

Commissioner Don Head said at a Senate committee hearing Thursday that if the bill is passed, CSC will receive an additional $116.5 million over the next five years to support an expected increase in cases for the National Parole Board.

The parole board supervises both federal offenders who are sentenced to two years or more, and provincial offenders in some provinces.

Under the proposed legislation, mandatory sentences would be handed out to everyone convicted of a serious drug offence, such as trafficking, production, and possession for the purpose of trafficking narcotics. A person who grows five to 200 marijuana plants with intent to sell would get a minimum six-month sentence. An addict selling heroin to fellow addicts near a park could go away for two years.

Critics of Canada’s proposed mandatory drug sentences compare them to failed U.S. policies and say they lead to prison overcrowding and end up punishing street-level dealers, most of whom are drug addicts who need treatment, not jail time, they say.

Furthermore, the bill would imprison people who do not pose an immediate threat to the public, said Neil Boyd, criminology professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

Boyd also said the bill, when applied to the recorded number of British Columbia’s marijuana cultivators, would cost a total of almost $30 million annually for the additional imprisonments.

– Article from Canwest News Service.


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  1. Anonymous on

    wake up
    this is normal big business
    the crooks are running the show
    follow the money
    this will increase the money for the major drug distributors (the big money) who have strong political influence and government connections and make the little guy (the nickel and dimers) pay for it

  2. Anonymous on







    Five quotes from Martin Luther King that relate to our people: “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil, without protesting against it, is really cooperating with .” [Are you accepting and promoting the evil of colonialism, the evil of the Hispanic/Latino labels that are imposed on our people, the evil of the thefts of our continent and the forced impoverishment our people? Are you cooperating with evil? Or are you ready to confront the ignorance and injustice that oppresses our people? Are you ready to stand up for the honor and dignity of our people?]

    “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” [Are you living just for the toys and sex, for the money and being part of whiteness? Or are you ready to live for knowledge, to live in courage, to live for the liberation of our people?]

    “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.” [At different points in history white people made evil the law of the land. They made stealing our land legal. They made killing our people legal. They made enslaving African people legal. They made it illegal to help Africans escape slavery. They made segregation legal. They made their borders on our continent legal. They made it illegal for us to cross their borders on our continent. They illegally “legally” divided our people. They made the theft of our continent and the theft of our wealth (from all of our natural resources) legal. What they have done against us is not legal, nor is it moral. It is pure evil! Are you just going to sit back and allow evil to rule your life?]

    “The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.”

    “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

    Quotes from Martin Luther King


    “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.”

    “Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.”

    Malcolm X


    “It is better to die on your feet than to live the rest of your life on your knees”

    Emiliano Zapata

    This is WHY? your system does not work? the bigger lie than the one about weed! Now you shall be its next, and last victims of it!

  3. From the 70s on

    I read in a Vancouver Sun that Peter German, district commander for the Lower Mainland with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (wow ! I don’t mean to be demeaning, I just want to show why these political police can say things that are not part of their expertise i.e. its a fallacy when they talk about sentencing, they cannot testify as an expert on them in a court of law, then why can they tell us all in the media ? Because they have their easy access to our media and our corporate general journalists (other than some columnist) never question them.)

    The article claims: “B.C. also has a liberal criminal justice system and a fairly liberal approach to illegal drugs.”

    I assume that RCMP Peter German must of said something like this if its in the article since its not a direct quote.

    Is RCMP Peter German an expert on criminal justice systems or sentencing ? If he is they should mention his qualifications to do so otherwise, what he says is meaningless (except to sell their message subversively since people believe what their authorities tell them (i.e. like mandatory minimum sentences work, a falsehood), that is what the RCMP do it, you could write a 1000 letters to the editor but you will never beat this type of misuse of their position). They have no right to speak outside their expertise in the public domain (and there maybe laws that they break just doing that, laws that apply to other professions such as Doctors). They steal ALL OUR RIGHTS by being political.

    The Police are NOT the experts on criminal justice systems or sentencing(and our journalist should know that, its a fallacy when the RCMP speak publicly outside their expertise).

    What is he referring too anyway ?

    That mandatory minimum sentences deter crime ? REAL Experts say its the chance of getting caught (i.e. the problem is the Police), not how long the sentence is.

    That mandatory minimum sentences stop drug crime since THAT person cannot do the drug crime when in prison like it may stop a violent person from committing violence ? REAL Experts say this is not true, that you only FILL prisons and in fact increase gang/organize crime activity (i.e. violence) since individuals are deterred and gangs move right in JUST like in the USA where their gang problems makes ours look like the boy scouts.

    Does he mean we need the tough mandatory minimum sentences like in the USA because the RCMP claim they work ?

    Perhaps he is referring to the RCMP report “Marijuana Growing Operations in British Columbia Revisited 1997-2003” by UCFV that was done to support/promote or justify the RCMP’s political agenda of bringing mandatory minimum sentences to Canada claiming they work in Washington State. In the conclusion, the report states:


    The NUMBER ONE CASH CROP in Washington State is US domestically grown marijuana. And at the time of the release of this report, they were busting about 2/3RDS the pot plants in Washington State compared to BC.

    I note that the number of marijuana plants or the drug trade itself WOULD be considered the RCMP’s expertise and they would be able to testify in a court of law. Yet clearly they are not telling us the truth on Washington State. Is this incompetence or are they purposely misleading us (i.e. a LIE) ? Was this report submitted to the Bill C-15 committee ? Did the RCMP (and their payed criminologists) tell the committee the truth ? The RCMP (obviously propaganda) report is clearly flawed and very misleading.

    How does he explain the 1000 meth labs in Washington State they use to bust each year (we nerve had that problem in Canada, the most ever busted in Canada was 40 meth labs, mostly little, that year the USA which is only 10X larger busted 17,700 meth labs) at the time of this report ?

    How bad is this propaganda and misinformation from the very Political RCMP ?

    Remember their BC Bud is so powerful its traded POUND for POUND for cocaine from the USA LIE ? They don’t know the prices of pot or cocaine but that IS THEIR EXPERTISE ? Some articles with this LIE (a LIE since they control the evidence and could testify in a court of law) claimed they had “wiretaps” and “patterns of arrest”. It was NEVER true and they NEVER had any EVIDENCE.

    Remember their BC/Canada is THE MAJOR supplier/producer of marijuana to the USA LIE by the current head of BC RCMP, Gary Bass ? We supply about 2 to 3% of US imports and the USA grows more pot than they import, as a matter of fact, its the USA’s TOP CASH CROP. THIS IS THE RCMP EXPERTISE. Was this incompetence or was the RCMP misleading us all ?

    Remember their insidious and sinister Marijuana is LACED with Meth/Chemicals by gangs in our schoolyards addicting our children LIE that anyone who knows the black market knows this is preposterous (the RCMP claim to be experts).

    Are they just incompetent or are they purposely misleading us (i.e. telling us a LIE) on issue INSIDE THEIR EXPERTISE (and where we common citizens could never see the evidence since the RCMP would control it) which would be a crime I believe ? There seems to be a pattern of deceit over the last 10 years or so.

    And now they claim we are major suppliers of meth/ecstasy to the world rivaling our pot trade (we had 15 meth labs and 15 ecstasy labs busted last year in Canada, in the USA, they busted over 6000 meth labs) ? Who believes that ? Probably a lot of people since our RCMP have telling us this. Is it true ? Who knows because they seem to mislead us a lot on issues INSIDE THEIR EXPERTISE, the drug trade.

    I will agree on one thing RCMP Germai9n said “Until illegal drugs go away, we’re going to have them.”.

    And that is inside the RCMP expertise, problem is can we believe them ? Right no the claim we have the highest per capita gangs in the world ? Who can believe that ?

    Policing is a very important job in our societies. Police should not be political and we should be able to believe them.

  4. Dave on

    Looks like they want to build private for profit prison. You’ve heard of PPP’s; they like to have us think it means Public Private Partnerships but it’s really a backdoor way of bring in private for profit prisons!

    Nicholson seems too heavily invested in C-15, almost like he’ll stand to profit from it. We should try and find out which of Harpers people have investments in these corporations.

  5. Dave on

    Actually Harper is on the right. He’d be aligned with fascists like Bush, Hitler, Mousillini and the likes. That’s why he punishes us but asks the corporation if they can be more ethical.

  6. From the 70s on

    The article says “Furthermore, the bill would imprison people who do not pose an immediate threat to the public, said Neil Boyd, criminology professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.”

    What about after prison ? Anyone think that some of these kids will become a threat to the public after experiencing prison for marijuana ? Of course some will.

    Perhaps that is why its a war zone in the USA compared to Canada where mandatory minimum sentences have been a complete and utter FAILURE.

    And to think that Bill C-15 is being brought into Canada by our very political police lobby (i.e. the low self-esteem drunks), mainly the RCMP Organization and their criminal propaganda and their criminal LIES.

    Its going to get real bad.

    And the HATE of Police will grow significantly just like in the USA where everyone runs away and hides when they drive through your neighborhood.

  7. Anonymous on

    Canadians work hard to support their families and must go without the rightful rewards for that work because the Canadian government is addicted to wasting their money. There are no limits to what it is willing to spend; it will always spend as much as it can get, and it will criminalize peaceful segments of the population in order to justify raising more taxes.

    The only way to keep this parasitical government from scandalous misuse of tax revenue is to deny it that revenue. Tell your elected representative that you’re sick of coughing up for the federal government’s misguided programs, year after year after year.

  8. Anonymous on

    Harper is destroying this country. his radical ideas are borderline communist. Why do you think he went to china? To learn from the masters. since when does Canada put up with a dicKtator? Fuck beans!