Something for victims
Sat, October 22, 2005
Face it, folks, we're never going to get the federal Liberals to
get tough on crime.
It doesn't matter how many times the police point out the
absurdities of our catch-and-release criminal justice system, as
Ontario police chiefs were doing at Queen's Park on Tuesday, while
their colleagues were making the same case on the Hill before a
They condemned the idiocy of handing out free passes to amusement
parks for murderers and sex offenders as part of their (insert
hysterical laughter here) "rehabilitation."
They emphasized the need for mandatory minimum sentences with no
parole for gun crimes.
They called for truth-in-sentencing laws to give the public an
accurate idea of the time a criminal will actually serve in prison
when sentence is pronounced.
But we all know that under Paul Martin's soft-on-crime Liberals,
nothing will change. Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, for example, has
already rejected calls for cracking down on gun crime, saying our
current laws are tough enough.
So here's our alternative, a modest proposal that we trust will
have the instant backing of every soft-hearted Liberal.
We propose that from now on, whatever benefits we give to the
criminals, we give to their victims as well -- or, if that's
impossible, then to the victims' families.
So, if we're going to hand out passes to Canada's Wonderland to
murderers and rapists, then let's give the same thing to their
victims -- although not on the same day, as would no doubt never
occur to the idiots who keep coming up with these new ways of
pampering violent thugs.
And let's not stop there. For example, if the feds pay for the
university education of a murderer, they must also pay for the
university education of the victim, or a designated beneficiary.
Or, say we send an offender to a Club Fed prison where he gets to
play golf every day. Fair enough. Then we supply a golf club
membership to his victim.
Surely, it's just simple decency for the state to do as much for
the victims of crime as for the criminals. Right, Paul? Right Irwin?
C'mon. Tell us why we're wrong. We dare you.
© Canoe Inc. 2005