Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Harpers first test of his new house of ideology

The reformatories will be reintroducing their ideological crime bill to eliminate the faint hope clause for convicted murderers via the Senate.

Of course we have no idea of how many murderers there are and how many receive early paroles and of those how many are not truly rehabilitated which is one of the purposes of the faint hope clause. Those would be considered facts and facts play a small part with a government that operates on ideology.

This is the second time for this crime bill, with the first dying with Harper's second prorogation (the one we seemed to get upset about), however it is the first bill that Harper will be introducing via his newly seeded senate.

Critics believe that the bill should be rejected on merit. The faint hope clause serves a purpose that increases the desire to rehabilitate. Without it our prisons become less safe and fewer individuals turn their lives around. In fact it produces more hardened criminals when the are finally released. But again that is just the theory of critics as we have no facts.

However the bill should be rejected because Harper is bypassing our elected representatives. It is further abuse of our parliamentary democracy.

Law and order must be polling well for the reformatories and this bill may be designed to demonstrate that the obstructionist opposition is weak on crime and further justify Harper's need for a majority. It will at least be a test for his new hand picked senate.

Hopefully there remains enough sober thought in the senate to get some of the facts on the table before the new members pass the bill, as they have been instructed. At least our elected members of parliament will then have some basis to reject it for what I tend to believe it is, radical right wing bull shit.

Reference the CBC

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