Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
By creating the perception of crisis—when none in fact existed—the Harper government made it easier to sell an extreme policy action to voters, one that effectively eliminated a useful form of business organization.
The summary national data on crime can be correct but misleading in that they conceal quite different patterns of crime by type of offence, province, and neighborhoods within a city.
The Harper government has undertaken several initiatives to increase the length of prison sentences—such as increased minimum sentences—apparently based on the retributive theory of punishment. It has never explained what the theory is, nor how it arrived at the new terms of imprisonment.
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