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And yet, this isn’t just about me. It’s about you too. About the future of our great country. The Conservative government’s ideology-driven draconian law is part of Harper’s grand plan to shake up our democratic institutions, traditions and values. It seeks to impose on Canada a vindictive, right-wing, worldview.
The law will violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, particularly: the right to equal protection before the law; the right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment; the right to liberty; and the rights of Canadians convicted overseas.
The Safe Streets and Communities Act will divide Canadian society and erode the following Canadian values: compassion, respect for fundamental rights and the rule of law, inclusion, diversity, fairness and democratic governance.
The law will weaken and undermine the Canadian judiciary. The new law’s changes to the youth criminal justice system will impose stiffer and longer sentences on young and first time offenders, and turn them into hardened criminals, instead of rehabilitating and reintegrating them into society.
There’s an implicit yet undeniable racism embedded in the law. The majority of those who will face tougher sentences, extended periods in custody before trial, and extended ineligibility for parole especially due to drug offences are blacks and Aboriginals, who are already oversubscribed in the jail population.
The Safe Streets and Communities Act will cost Canadian provinces and taxpayers at least $19 billion to implement. It will impose a huge financial burden on future generations.
Harper is determined to impose an oppressive petro-state, create a prison industrial complex and introduce the so-called “war on drugs”, which has devastated the US, Brazil and Mexico.
The GEO Group Inc., a major player in the private correctional services in the US, lobbied for the new law. The company has profited from 9/11, the economic meltdown and recent anti-immigrant crackdowns. It has profited from privatized corrections and detention operations in Australia, UK and South Africa, where it is also connected with the African country’s unveiling massive prison privatization efforts. In Glasgow, Scotland, the company is involved in an Immigration Removal Center. In the late 1990s, GEO was involved with Australia’s notorious Woomera Immigration Detention Center, once described by UN officials as a “great human tragedy” and likened to a “Nazi concentration camp”.
I urge all Canadians to defy the Safe Streets and Communities Act by any peaceful and democratic means necessary.
Now is the time to build a society that nurtures hope instead of extinguishing it. It’s a moment to remind ourselves that an injustice visited upon a single Canadian or community is an injustice visited upon all of us. We must insist on a united and caring Canada that encourages all to set aside differences and prescribed labels. We must come together to create a society based on these core values: compassion, understanding, inclusion, diversity, fairness, accommodation of difference, democratic governance, respect for fundamental rights and the rule of law.
Therein lies our collective security, not in the Safe Streets and Communities Act.