Hundreds of activists are expected on Parliament Hill at noon on Tuesday, January 31, to protest the Harper Conservative government’s widely condemned omnibus crime Bill C-10. The protest is being organized by the Political Action Committee of the Occupy Ottawa movement.
“Bill C-10 is titled The Safe Streets and Communities Act – which is quite an ironic name,” said Occupy Ottawa activist Andy Wilson. “Most, if not all, expert opinion indicates that, if passed, Bill C-10 will do nothing to make streets and/or communities safer.”
The bill incorporates nine separate measures rejected by Parliament before Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative majority victory last May. The government used its majority to pass the bill in the House of Commons last December. The bill is now before the Senate.
If passed into law, the legislation would obliterate Canada’s humane, compassion-based criminal justice system, and replace it with the Tories’ vindictive, ideology-driven tough-on-crime approach.