When the Conservatives play demagogues
by PhilippeChassé on October 18, 2013 - 10:15pm
According to an article* published in the French newspaper La Presse the eighteenth of October, Ottawa wants to eliminate parole for serious crime recidivists. Rooted in the political platform of the Conservative Party of Canada since 2006, this bill could be achieved in the upcoming months. The Speech from the Throne was the moment chosen by the Conservative cabinet to put out of the dust this project. Canada’s minister of justice, Peter McKay, commented the future bill by saying it would only apply to the most violent and dangerous recidivists. As examples of crimes the law would apply to, the minister cited repeated sexual assaults on vulnerable people (such as children) and multiple murders. The intention of the government behind this bill is to avoid the possibility that perpetrators of those kind of crimes could possibly get out of jail somehow. In this way, Stephen Harper’s cabinet is claiming to act to protect the population. A criminologist from the University Simon Fraser, Neil Boyd, commented this proposal by saying that it wouldn’t change a lot the situation on the ground, but added that the bill would appeal to the population in favour of tougher laws on imprisonment. He qualified the project as “symbolic”. In this vein, McKay admitted that there are currently laws in Canada to avoid those criminals to be free, however, he said that the government wouldn’t leave anything for granted. It is currently impossible to know if the bill will be approved by the House of Commons. However, it is likely that the project will be adopted without much resistance because of the conservative majority in the government.
For once, I think that the Conservatives are actually right. However, who could be actually against this measure? This bill is, according to me, demagogic and electioneering. Everyone wants to live in a society free of fear and danger, and a very few people would like to give parole to these serious crime recidivists. In fact, I do believe that the majority of the population would like to see them in jail forever and I do agree with them. I personally believe that humans are imperfect even if they are rationalist. Errors are part of our human nature, I do believe we need to punish those errors, but also forgive them. Though, I don’t have the same point of view over recidivists of serious crimes: we can forgive once, but not twice. I also agree with this bill because I am totally against the Death penalty: I don’t think that as humans, we can decide who has the right to live and who doesn’t. Does killing someone by law makes us better than a killer? No. According to me, the best way to punish someone is to let him forever in jail with his acts on the self-consciousness. This bill goes in that way. As I stated above, I do believe that the Conservatives play demagogues with this project. I think that the laws in place are sufficient to avoid those jail-birds to get out. Nevertheless, I have no reason not to be in favour of this law, which in my sense, couldn’t bring negative. Nice move from the Conservative Party of Canada ahead of 2015’s elections.