Monday, March 15, 2010

"Vengeance is MINE", sayeth Stephen Harper

Looks like the HarperTories are ignorning research that conflicts with its "beliefs", "values", or whatever they're calling their own small minded views which bear no resemblance to facts or reality.

Tories ignore taxpayer-funded crime research
By BRUCE CHEADLE, The Canadian Press

"The most recent issue of “Criminological Highlights” published last month by the University of Toronto’s Centre of Criminology, with federal assistance, blows gaping holes in several of Justice Minister Rob Nicholson’s most cherished anti-crime measures."

In the cross-hairs is mandatory minimum sentencing, loved dearly by all the Harperites who think they are the old testament god raining pain and punishment on the sinners and miscreants...unless it's one of their own, of course.

Rahim Jaffer, former MP for Edmonton Centre and married to present sitting MP Helena Guergis, was apprehended last year for speeding and driving dangerously, driving while intoxicated and possession of cocaine. Under Stevie's Tough-on-Crime laws, he would have been inside for about fifteen years. Instead, he got a dangerous driving rap, a $500 fine, and a walk - no criminal record.

"Mandatory penalties, says the research digest, “undermine the legitimacy of the prosecution process by fostering circumventions that are wilful and subterranean. They undermine . . . equality before the law when they cause comparably culpable offenders to be treated radically differently.”

In simpler language, people who can afford good lawyers cop backroom plea bargains to avoid harsh mandatory sentences, while the average Joe is hit hard."

The studies have shown that MM sentences do not deter crime, but the Tories just don't believe it. After all, what you "believe" is more important.

"What is certain is that mandatory minimum penalties increase prison populations at huge cost to taxpayers, which is why many U.S. states, New Zealand and Britain all are attempting to unwind such sentencing rules after many years of costly experience."

So, while the economy is tanking and people need help, the Tories want to expand prison building all over the country. One in Kingston, Ontario, had a farm attached to it that produced milk, eggs and other foodstuffs for the population, processed meat for the local livestock operations, and gave inmates experience in working in a business - orders, billing, shipping etc. Now the Harperites want to close the farm so that they can - ta, DAH! - build more prison space to house the expanding prison population.

Is this the new job creation program - lock up more people and then hire a bunch of out of work people to guard them? Is this sustainable? I don't think so.

So - why are they doing this? I think this guy might have the answer.

“The great appeal of mandatory minimum sentences is that they give politicians the appearance of doing something, of being seen to be doing something,” Craig Jones, the executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada, said in a recent interview.

“You must never underestimate the need for politicians to be seen to be doing something — even if, in some cases, it’s the wrong thing.”

But Harper gets his inspiration from the movies, not research.
“Your personal experiences and impressions are wrong, they say; crime is really not a problem. These apologists remind me of the scene from the Wizard of Oz when the wizard says, ‘Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”’

Harper's mephistophelean former chief of staff Ian Brodie said

"that informed criticism of the government’s justice agenda is a political gift: 'It helped us tremendously to be attacked by this coalition of university types.'"

I wonder if these guys would like someone with the least or no qualifications to operate on them, fix their car, wire their house or fly their plane. When it comes to government policy, they are basing their decisions on hot air and revenge. They aim not at the lowest common denominator but the lowest IQ that can sustain life.



  1. I apologize I do not know that much about Canadian politics. I live in Arizona, a major destination for Canadian snow birds. I can tell you one thing from the Canadians that I talk to in my store.
    They are not very happy with things in Canada at this time.
    IMO, Canada must distance its self from the U.S. in the near future.

  2. Yes, RZ. I think we were blindsided by this government. We have five official parties. The right is Stephen Harper's lot. The centre and left are the other four, with the Bloc Quebecois being a purely regional party.

    Even though Harper's party have just over one-third of the votes, they have nearly half the seats. Some others, including the New Democrats and the Greens, have nowhere near the number of seats for their proportion of votes.

    Harper governs as if he has a majority. If he doesn't like something, he shuts down parliament. The last time was for over two months. He has no deputy prime minister. The only policy you hear out there is his own. His ministers are merely mouthpieces. One recent Security Minister, Stockwell Day, was a bible college dropout who thinks that the world is six thousand years old. Did we feel secure? Oh, yeah.

    Harper is basically early Bush - evangelical Christian, socially conservative, militaristic, misogynistic. The area he represents in Alberta is heavily invested in the oil economy. He and Bush got along like a house on fire, and another right-winger, John Howard of Australia, was a great friend of his. Howard was so reviled in Australia that not only did his party lose the election, Howard also lost his own seat.

    I don't know how we're going to get out of this.

  3. ROFLMAO RE;"got along like a house on fire,"

    Is there any chatter up there about the NAU- North American Union-?

  4. Rumours swirl every time the NA leaders get together, aka "The Three Amigos" summits. Everything is done behind closed doors - that secrecy thing again.

    The Security and Prosperity Partnership seemed to have withered after Bush left office. We're never too sure what's happening now. The Harper regime makes the former government of East Germany look open and progressive by comparison.

  5. I just got this about an hour ago.