Thank you for sharing your views on Bill C-10.
I would like to emphasize that the cost of crime on society far exceeds the cost of fighting crime. Here is a link to an earlier report which references the cost of crime in some detail: http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/rs/rep-rap/2011/rr10_5/rr10_5.pdf
And for your information, here is a link to a Statscan report on crime statistics: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2011001/article/11523/hl-fs-eng.htm
Note the following bullets:
•In contrast to most types of crime, increases were reported in the rates of child pornography offences (+36%), firearm offences (+11%), criminal harassment (+5%), and sexual assault (+5%).
•Drug offences also increased in 2010 (+10%), driven primarily by a higher number of cannabis offences. The overall increase continues the upward trend that began in the early 1990s.
You may also be interested to know that a story on CBC’s The National criticizing Bill C-10 praised Drug Treatment Courts as an effective measure to prevent crime. The reporter failed to mention that there are currently six Drug Treatment Courts acrossCanada, and that Bill C-10 provides for their expanded use.
Here are the elements of the plan:
- impose new and higher mandatory minimum penalties for sexual offences against children and create two new offences that are aimed at conduct that could facilitate these heinous crimes;
- target organized crime by imposing tougher penalties for the production and possession of illicit drugs for the purpose of trafficking;
- protect the public by ensuring that violent and repeat young offenders are held accountable by the youth criminal justice system;
- eliminate conditional sentences, often referred to as house arrest, for serious and violent offences;
- enshrine in law a victim’s participation in parole hearings;
- extend the ineligibility periods for applications for a record suspension (currently called a “pardon”) from three to five years for summary conviction offences and from five to 10 years for indictable offences;
- add additional criteria that the Minister of Public Safety could consider when deciding whether or not to allow the transfer of a Canadian offender back toCanadato serve their sentence;
- allow victims of terrorism to sue perpetrators and supporters of terrorism, including listed foreign states, for loss or damage that occurred as a result of an act of terrorism committed anywhere in the world; and,
- authorize immigration officers to refuse work permits to vulnerable foreign nationals when it is determined that they are at risk of humiliating and degrading treatment, including sexual exploitation.
Our Conservative government will continue working to deliver safer streets and better justice for law-abiding families and the victims of crime.
Pierre Poilievre, M.P. Nepean-Carleton
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities