The deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”, the Conservatives’ flagship tough-on-crime omnibus legislation, became law on March 13, 2012. The Conservative government used its overwhelming majorities in the House of Commons and Senate to pass the bill with very little debate and public input.
Bill C-10 is a suite of crime legislation that favor punishment over compassion and rehabilitation. Essentially, Canadians will be paying $15-billion over the next couple of years to stir the Canadian justice system away from the preventive and restorative measures which have proven to be more humane, effective and cheaper for Canada, towards billion-dollar vindictive and exclusionary measures.
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