Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A New Target for Reformer Hatred is Revealed: Children

When the Reformers first hit the Hill, the now retired Myron Thompson, tried to pass a bill that would allow children as young as ten to be put behind bars.

It never made it past his insane ramblings, but it gave us a pretty good indication of just who these Reformers were.

One of his colleagues Art Hanger, planned a trip to Singapore to learn about caning, wanting to put that into our youth justice system.

And now here we are more that a decade later ... a decade where we should have been moving forward; where they are once again going after children.

Only this time the bill, not age related, has made it to the floor and will probably get passed.

Since Jason Kenney was able to remove the rights of homosexuals, minorities and women, from the New Canada, they are now going after our youth.

And because these animals govern in a culture of fear, there is not a damn thing we can do about it, except shake our heads and wonder what in the hell happened.

With a greater emphasis on protecting the public rather than rehabilitating young offenders, the Conservative government is proposing changes for teenagers convicted of serious crimes that could result in their names being publicized and evidence from previous encounters with the law used in sentencing.
Much of what's in the article was probably copied and pasted from a Harper press release.
Overhauling the Youth Criminal Justice Act had been a cornerstone of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's re-election platform, and yesterday his government tabled a bill that follows through on that promise, putting a greater emphasis on protecting the public rather than rehabilitating young offenders.
What newspaper that is a legitimate newspaper, would print that trash? That's not news it's propaganda. 'follows through on that promise...' Go to hell. And I mean it. I'm sick to death of this nonsense. They do give the article a bit of balance when adults enter the story and remind us that these 'tough on crime' bills will only help the corporations who are poised to build their private prisons, but could be devastating to young lives.
"This is an example of pandering to public misperceptions about youth crime,” said Nicholas Bala, a youth-justice expert at Queen's University in Kingston,Ont. He said that the proposed changes are being tabled as youth crime is on the decline in Canada. Further, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in May, 2008 that adolescents and adults should generally be treated differently.
The Reformers dismiss anyone smarter than them as 'university types'. That list is getting very long, and now includes most elementary school students.


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