From the Stooopid on Crime file.
Fill up those new jails by designating more offenses as 'serious' thus meriting long sentences. But call it getting tough on organized crime, because these are gangs' 'signature activities'.
The crimes now designated as serious offences include:
* Keeping a common gaming or betting house.
* Betting, pool-selling and bookmaking.
* Committing offences in relation to lotteries and games of chance.
* Cheating while playing a game or in holding the stakes for a game or in betting.
* Keeping a common bawdy-house.
* Various offences in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act relating to the trafficking, importing, exporting or production of certain drugs.
Whatever one thinks of this
First, the changes were made to the regulations not to the law. See, this way the government can avoid any pesky discussion as we used to have when Canadian democracy had a bit of life in it yet.
Shouldn't that distress democracy-loving Canadians on the faaar right? If this goes unchallenged, all future governments will avail themselves of this little side-step. Including the loathed Lie-berals (as they are styled on the Dark Side) because someday, the Lie-berals will get back in power.
Next, the changes were made quietly by order of cabinet on July 13. More than four weeks ago. Yet this nugget of lawnorder was held back from the usual public razzle-dazzle. Maybe to be trotted out to distract from some spectacular Ministerial face-plant?
The righties should be just as disgusted as the rest of us. Do the HarpoCons really really really really think we're that stoooopid?
To recap some of the issues left and right can agree on:
Doris's hypocrisy -- not to mention idiocy -- over the prisons issue
keeping the prison farm system
the suspension of civil liberties and police over- and under-reaction in Toronto during the G20
being treated like suckers -- the so-cons that is -- the Cons take their votes for granted then and ignore all their issues
repeatedly suspending democracy by proroguing parliament
stacking the Senate and
just generally crapping all over democracy
It's true. It may turn out that Stevie really is the Great Uniter.
UPDATE: Connie starts a discussion. *evul grin*