Oh Canada

We can debate whether crime rates are going up or down, nevertheless it's important to send a message to the general public that serious crimes, hurting people, won't be tolerated. I think that is something we can all agree with. If that is the intention of the Conservative's Omnibus bill currently before parliament however, it isn't clear to me. Why would someone growing six marijuana plants get more time in jail than someone who has raped a child? Seriously? Is that supposed to show how important our children are to this conservative government? If so their priorities are seriously out of line. Why aren’t we focusing instead on crimes in which there is actual demonstrated harm inflicted on people? It seems to me that the majority of Canadians have voted for a 1984 inspired police state regime, not a “tough on crime” agenda. The astounding arrogance and ignorance portrayed by Federal conservatives seems to preclude reasoned, fact based debate on these important issues. Every last Federal conservative MP should be ashamed of themselves. Their blatant disregard for children by placing growing a plant higher on the offense scale than raping a child is disgusting and disturbing. —A Canadian

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