Group Hugs for Criminals
Tue, January 08, 2019 | Author: Vicki Gunn | Volume 26 Issue 1
With Parliament still in recess it behooves us to take a look at the hot potato that got dropped just before the Christmas season. We’ve enjoyed our break from the shenanigans of our Prime Minister and his team but let’s not forget what was on the table when we broke for Christmas.
Canadians, who had been outspoken in their calls for justice in regard to the “kid gloves” treatment of murderess, Terri-Lynne McClintic, were glad to see that she had finally been sent from a “native healing centre” back to prison — where she belongs. A scant nine years ago, she was involved in the torture, sexual assault, and murder of Tori Stafford and Canadians could not accept the injustice of her being pampered.
Parliament was on the verge of recessing when news broke that McClintic’s partner in crime, Michael Rafferty, had been moved to a medium security prison last March — only six years into his “life sentence”! Questioned by the opposition, Justice Minister Ralph Goodale said, “I will examine the facts of this case to ensure that all the proper rules and procedures have been followed and that Canadians are safe”.
The problem is deeper than whether Correction Services of Canada followed procedures. Are we looking at a systemic pattern of babying people who have committed serious crimes?
According to this January 1, 2019, CTV article, “The MPs also recommended the government examine “a mechanism to make record suspensions [pardons] automatic in specific and appropriate circumstances.” Convicted criminals, including pedophiles and violent offenders, are having a hard time finding places to live; a hard time finding employment when they leave prison. Our Liberal government is looking at how soon, after completion of their sentences, people should be pardoned for their vicious offences so their lives are not negatively impacted.
Former Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, had toughened up the laws to require 10 years before convicted criminals could seek a pardon; a pardon that erases from the public record the fact that, at one point, they had committed vicious acts against innocents.
What are the “appropriate circumstances” mentioned in the quote above? Who decides what is appropriate? The same people who decided that McClintic should get to spend her time in a cushy healing centre and Rafferty needed more social time…while the families of their victims are tortured by the thought of what their loved ones endured.
The truth is that we’re not looking at aberrations when we look at what the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau seeks to do with our judicial system. As a matter of fact, he told us quite clearly who he was before he became Prime Minister.
In November of 2013, Trudeau told a Sun reporter that he “wouldn’t rule out repealing mandatory minimums for anyone”. “Anyone” is pretty clear! Canadians knew, yet we collectively gave him a majority government.
Since he became Prime Minister, he has shown us repeatedly that he has leanings toward those who espouse violence. This Toronto Sun article tells us of his 2016 visit…one of many similar visits…to “a gender-segregated mosque Monday morning whose imam is a member of a group considered a terrorist organization abroad.” I won’t mention how I feel, as a woman, about gender segregation or being considered to have only half the value of a man.
What was our PM thinking when he met, in his office, with the ex-husband of Zaynab Khadr, sister to convicted terrorist Omar Khadr. Remember him? Our Prime Minister thought Canadians got a good deal in only paying him $10.5 million. Does the word “treason” mean anything to our PM? Of course not; he considers us a “post national state”. Any crimes against Canada he considers trivial matters believed in only by outdated nationalists—people who still believe in national sovereignty. While Trudeau was hobnobbing it with Khadr’s ex-brother-in-law, Joshua Boyle, Boyle was getting charged with assault, sexual assault, and unlawful confinement plus a few other minor things.
For more clarity on where Trudeau’s mind is, this 2013 Globe and Mail article, (updated in 2018) explains it all. After the Boston bombings, Mr. Trudeau said, “But there is no question that this happened because there is someone who feels completely excluded. Completely at war with innocents. At war with a society. And our approach has to be, where do those tensions come from?”
Really? Let’s all line up and give our child torturers, child rapists, murderers, and terrorists a big group hug. Let’s tell them how much we love them. How glad we are that they’re part of our world. As “We’re a post national state,” let’s include the Jihadists that lop people’s heads off and bombers that blow people up. “Come on in guys, get some lovin’! You must feel really bad about yourself!”
Sorry, all sarcasm aside . . .when a pedophile moves into our neighbourhoods, parents must be able to protect their children. Knowledge is part of protection and prevention. We can’t protect our family against evil people whom our government chooses to grant the right to be hidden among us.
When someone leaves all of us reeling with horror, tormented by the thoughts of a child crying out for mummy and daddy, that person must not go to a nice cushy healing centre, they must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
When someone throws a bomb that kills our allies while fighting against us in a war, they do not deserve a reward of more money than most of us can imagine. They deserve to be in prison for treason. They must know that their actions are totally unacceptable. No hugs of commiseration for those reaping the just rewards of their own criminal actions. The highest office in our country must not be sullied by showing misguided sympathy for those who espouse terror and denigrate women.
CHP Canada has some strong polices on terrorism and immigration, equality and responsibility. It’s time for Canadians to stand up and fight for our heritage. There are not many suicide bombers or murderers among those who believe that the Ten Commandments are good for society. In case it crosses anyone’s mind that I would condone church abuses, no, all civil crimes must be punished to the fullest extent of the civil law. Canadians must know that the law stands with the innocent and against the perpetrator of violence.
A country that wants law and order must defend that law and order. CHP Canada will defend it!
Join today and make your stand for a judicial system that will be hard on crime and protect victims from their abusers.
Other Commentary by Vicki Gunn:
- Selling Out…or Compromise?
- Are You A Liberal or a Bigot?
- Are We in Trouble?
- Group Rights… and Wrongs!
- Swept Under the Carpet
- A Canada Without Laws
- Feminism or Misogynism
- Group Hugs for Criminals
- What’s the Fuss About The Global Compact for Migration?
- Freedom of What?
- Countries Without Borders
- Due Process, #MeToo, and a Kick