A disturbing justice | The Journal of Montreal

It is with interest that I read the chronicle of Joseph Facal, which provides a very fair analysis of Bill C-5, tabled by Justice Minister David Lametti on the abolition of many minimum sentences in the Criminal Code. I completely agree with his analysis and obviously, if this same analysis had been written by a conservative, it would have been strongly criticized, because in the eyes of the government of Justin Trudeau, the conservatives only want to fill the prisons.

Like Mr. Facal, I wonder about Minister Lametti’s analysis of the representation of the Aboriginal population in our penitentiaries, I find it relatively exaggerated, even demagogue. I am convinced that the Minister is aware of the decision rendered by the Supreme Court on April 23, 1999 (Gladue case), which allows judges to interpret the Criminal Code by taking into account the Aboriginal origins of offenders when determining sentences (718.2 e) . Instead, he should be honest and admit that there is no minimum sentence for aboriginal people, except for first degree murder.

Forgotten Victims of Crime

We can see that since the Liberals came to power in 2015, under the pretext of wanting to humanize the Canadian prison system and establish the judicial independence of judges, they are deliberately stealing the significant rigor of the Criminal Code, which has as a serious consequence, to bring about this same withdrawal of rigor throughout our justice system. Bill C-5 clearly wants to prioritize the rights of criminals to the detriment of the rights of victims of crime, completely abandoned by the government of Justin Trudeau since 2015.

tip of the iceberg

It is all the more worrying that this government wants to go further than the abolition of minimum sentences in its reform of the Criminal Code. Through certain independent senators who are sympathetic to the Liberal philosophy in matters of justice and public safety, 3 bills in the same vein were tabled in the Senate last fall: abolishing ALL minimum sentences, making the process of eliminating criminal records and eliminating the majority of restraints imposed on incarcerated federal inmates.

Worrying for the victims and their families

The situation is rather worrying when, since 2015, the rights of victims of hard-won crime have been completely flouted, if not forgotten, by this government. Not only are they being abused, NO legislation to protect and improve them was introduced for them by the Liberals of 2015. We are governed by a pro-criminal government. The best example? My bill to counter domestic violence tabled in the House of Commons and the Senate during the wave of feminicides that Quebec experienced in 2021. Despite the fact that 22 women were murdered in Quebec, which 2021 exceeded in Canada the record number of murdered women dating from 2008, these murders have not aroused any interest on the part of the Trudeau government, even though it is preparing to abolish the minimum sentence linked to domestic violence.

Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Senator

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