Manitobans rally against Harper crime bill C-10

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Manitobans rally against Harper crime bill C-10

The rally starts at noon...

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[url=http://www.peacealliancewinnipeg.ca/2011/11/stop-bill-c-10-rally/]"Stop Bill C-10" rally[/url]

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You are invited to take part in a rally being organized at the Legislature, to call on the Manitoba government to follow the lead of Newfoundland, Quebec and Ontario and the Official Opposition in British Columbia in opposing Bill C-10, the crime omnibus bill currently being rushed through Parliament.

Unfortunately, comments made recently by the Attorney General for Manitoba, Andrew Swan suggest that Manitoba currently favours the Bill, which among other things would immediately aggravate overcrowding in Manitoba jails and siphon much needed money away from social programs and other crime-fighting initiatives– quite apart from the fact that Bill C-10 will do nothing to reduce crime.  Therefore it is important to bring out as many people as possible to tell Manitoba we need to ‘get off the omnibus’ if we want to have money left for the kinds of initiatives that do reduce crime, address poverty and build stronger communities.

Here's what the Attorney General had said:

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"No. 1, public safety has a cost," Swan said. "We'll meet that cost."

Swan also said many of the provisions in the Harper government's omnibus bill were pushed by Manitoba, including restrictions on when young offenders are released on bail and tougher drug penalties aimed at curbing gangs and organized crime.

"Because we called for many of the things that are in there, we're hoping that the law gets passed and we can get on with it," Swan said.

[url=http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/provinces-feds-bicker-over...

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Stand up for Canadian justice! Tell Manitoba’s Premier Greg Selinger to join other provinces and refuse to pay for the Conservatives' cruel Crime Bill. Together, we can make Canada safer, not meaner.

 

http://www.leadnow.ca/keep-manitoba-safe

Unionist

I wonder whether the Minister, who wants Harper's crime bill passed asap, will be favourable to this judge's plea to think twice before returning a First Nations escaped prisoner to the U.S. to serve the balance of a "harsh" sentence. It seems that when he was 18 years old, he was sentenced in South Dakota to 18 years in prison for... two counts of burglary:

[url=http://www.winnipegsun.com/2011/11/07/judge-wants-swan-to-review-laframb... wants Swan to review escaped prisoner case[/url]

It's a shame the NDP sometimes speaks one way in opposition and another when in power.

 

Aristotleded24

Andrew Swan would be a great candidate to lead the Manitoba Progressive Conservative party.

Unionist

I Love Winnipeg:

[url=http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/breakingnews/jobs-not-jails-manit...'Jobs not jails:' Manitoba protesters rally against Ottawa's omnibus crime bill[/url]

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Protesters outside the Manitoba legislature have warned that the federal omnibus crime bill being fast-tracked into law will cost taxpayers more, won't reduce crime and will create more hardened criminals.

About 250 people, some waving signs calling for "jobs not jails," also suggested the province's NDP government shouldn't support Ottawa's proposed crackdown on crime. [...]

"It acts on many measures to toughen federal laws that the Manitoba government has been pushing for, including stiffer penalties to keep youth who are violent and repeat offenders behind bars and off the streets," [spokesperson for the Attorney General, who was unavailable for comment] said in an emailed statement. "The bill includes tougher drug penalties aimed at gangs and organized crime."

Important reminder: It's an NDP government.

Unionist

Watch this video - excellent coverage IMO:

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2011/11/08/manitoba-crime-b... decry new omnibus crime bill[/url]

 

Unionist

[url=http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Quebec+wants+changes+federal+anti+cr... wants changes to federal anti-crime bill[/url]

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Quebec wants changes so the province can maintain its approach, favouring the rehabilitation of young offenders. [...]

And Quebec wants the power to opt out of a provision in C-10 that would allow publication of the names of young offenders. [...]

The provincial minister said Quebec’s approach does not mean young offenders get off more easily. Instead, they are held in youth protection and given therapy and counselling so they change their ways, he said.

Using this approach, Fournier added, Quebec has the best record in Canada in dealing with young offenders, while Ottawa has not proved why its proposals to treat young offenders like adults, in some cases, would work better.

 

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Good to see that link, Unionist. On the sidebar are more links, such as this:

Constitution gives Quebec right to override Bill C-10: Charest

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QUEBEC - Premier Jean Charest told the National Assembly Tuesday that Ottawa may have the power to amend the Criminal Code, as it has proposed with Bill C-10, but Canada's constitution gives the provinces power over the administration of justice, and over whether C-10 will be applied.

 

Unionist

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2011/11/14/mb-crime-bill-re... is this conversation happening only in Manitoba and Québec?[/url]

 

Unionist

I'm starting a thread in the hope of broadening this discussion beyond what's happening in Manitoba.