MP REPORT: Action is needed

Colin Mayes provides details on the government's focus on justice issues

TCFhe speech from the throne included Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s commitment to introduce further laws to protect our children from child predators. Child predators destroy the lives of our children.  It is the most heinous crime and our government is committed to having sentences reflect this truth.

First, your government will introduce a victims’ bill of rights to restore victims to their rightful place at the heart of our justice system. Your government will end sentencing discounts for child sex offenders. We will end the practice of automatic early release for serious repeat offenders. Your government will change the law so that a life sentence means a sentence for life. We have already made sentencing of multiple murders concurrent, that is, a sentence for each of the victims of murder.

Our government will renew its efforts to address the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women. We will also protect women by defending the constitutionality of Canada’s prostitution laws.

Currently, the crime rate is down, meaning, our cracking down on crime initiative in our 2006 platform has worked. The concern now is that violent crime related to gangs, guns and drugs is still happening on our streets and our government will continue to work with the provinces and territories to search, seize, and prosecute those that think organized crime is a career option.

Our prisons are not overflowing with offenders simply because we have played hard ball with those that break our laws. Rather, this has been a deterrent for potential offenders. Also, tougher sentencing has kept repeat offenders where they belong, in jail and off our streets.

Colin Mayes is MP for Okanagan-Shuswap.

 

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