May on Bill C-53: Mandatory Life Sentences

12 03 2015

Elizabeth May Statement on Bill C-53

On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 in Press Releases

Elizabeth May issued the following statement in response to the introduction of Bill C-53, which would impose an unprecedented mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison without parole for certain crimes:

“It is ironic that a Prime Minister who fixates so strongly on “barbaric cultural practices” wishes for our justice system to regress so far into medievalism. It is a fundamental principle of Canadian law that rehabilitation is possible and necessary. What does it say about our society if we make laws that say we can lock up a human being and throw away the key? What incentive would such a prisoner have to work to understand the horror they have caused? Will they ever need to learn compassion? What will deter them from attacking fellow inmates and guards?

This bill is not about public safety. It is about telling Canadians that if they do not trust Harper, there will be a terrible criminal roaming about their neighbourhood. No matter that this bill would apply to very few people, no matter that Parole Boards already do keep dangerous criminals in prison, no matter that the courts will likely deem this bill unconstitutional, no matter that mandatory minimum sentences have been proven not to work, no matter that our prisons are already overfilled, no matter that the murderers to whom this act would apply would likely never be released under the current regime. This bill is not about facts at all. It is about terrifying Canadians into voting Conservative. It is about election pamphlets.”




2 responses

12 03 2015
Douglas Newman

Thank God for Elizabeth May, Leader of The Green Party, for speaking up on our behalf about all the evils of the Harper “government” against The People of Canada. Is there *anyone* else in The People’s government willing to stand on guard for thee? *crickets*

My God, people, the globalists are stealing *our* country out from under us. It is up to We, The People of Canada, to reclaim it!

Solidarity gets it done, folks!

12 03 2015

It seems like the Harper regime is just stealing legislation from the ALAC playbook. He should be sued for copyright infringement!

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