Harper's Reflection

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Reflection on Harper’s change to the Criminal Code In September 2011, the federal government under Stephen Harper proposed the omnibus crime bill, also known as the Bill C-10, and just a month ago, despite all the controversy and criticisms, the bill had passed final vote in the House of Commons. The omnibus crime bill consists of nine bills that have previously failed to pass. These nine bills are: Mandatory minimums, tougher penalties for drug offences, tougher penalties for sexual offences against children, an end to house arrest for many, elimination or delay in eligibility for pardons, stiffer sentences for violent young offenders, more rights for victims of crime to participate in parole decisions, new criteria for the transfer…show more content…
For example, it has new criteria for the transfer of Canadians convicted and imprisoned in a foreign country to serve the sentences. Also, it has stiffened punishments for youth criminals, allowing adult sentencing for certain cases, and put an end to house arrest for large range of crimes. I believe this will not help decrease the youth crime rate but actually contribute to an increase. Youths are not fully matured and are more prone to bad influences from the public. Their misbehaviors are likely to have been originated from childhood emotional traumas. They should be helped by lessons or rehabilitation, not by sentencing them to jail, which will only be an even worse influence for growing adolescents. Harper claims this will protect the public from “out-of-control” teenagers, but this is not a right method to solve the problem. Although the omnibus crime bill consists of nine bills, there are more measures expected to come, such as more police power so that they can conduct Internet surveillance. That is a violation to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom. As a matter of a fact, I see the entire crime bill to be a violation to the charter, encouraging unreasonable search and seizure. I believe more people will be harmed than helped, due to the direct violation to human rights and
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