Jack Harris, the NDP MP for St. John’s East, spoke for three hours today against the Conservatives omnibus crime Bill C-10. He resumes his speech on Wednesday as he tries to filibuster the bill and reiterate the position of the Official Opposition.
Omnibus Crime Bill C-10’
The Conservative government’s universally-condemned omnibus crime Bill C-10 has a confirmed YES vote in the Senate. The name behind the vote: tough-on-crime Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.
Earlier today, Boisvenu said a prisoner “should have the right to a rope in his cell to make a decision about his or her life.”
The Quebec senator, appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2010, crossed the line on many levels here.
In Canada, encouraging suicide is a crime. So should be encouraging our prison system to break the Criminal Code. In fact, the code prescribes real jail time – 14 years – for individuals who incite someone to commit suicide.
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.