According to this recent Supreme Court of Canada decision which defines a "criminal organization", Harper's CONservative party is that, in its repeated and sytematic and widespread disregard for Elections Canada laws and regulations.
The Criminal Code defines “criminal organization” as any group of three or more people “however organized” whose main purpose or activity is the commission of serious crimes.
The definition excludes a group that just gets together to commit a single office.
Fish wrote that courts should take a flexible approach in defining what constitutes a criminal organization.
“Care must be taken, however, not to transform the shared attributes of one type of criminal organization into a ‘checklist’ that needs to be satisfied in every case.”
Not every gang has to be as structured as the Mafia or the Hell’s Angels.
“Courts must not limit the scope of the provision to the stereotypical model of organized crime — that is, to the highly sophisticated, hierarchical and monopolistic model,” he wrote.
But there should be some structure and some longevity.
“Some criminal entities that do not fit the conventional paradigm of organized crime may nonetheless, on account of their cohesiveness and endurance, posed the type of heightened threat contemplated by the legislative scheme.”
How CONtemptuous! How CONvenient!
Source of illustration: Montreal Simon's blog.