Canada’s prison watchdog has six months left in the job. He still has plenty on his prison reform plate, but when asked about the future, he emphasizes optimism.
Sapers is like an exotic bird rarely seen in Ottawa politics: a blunt-talking, feather-ruffling watchdog who nevertheless holds on to his job through multiple federal elections. He is only the third such investigator that’s ever been appointed—after an initial five-year appointment, he’s been reappointed four more times: in 2009, 2012, 2015 and this year. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
For Howard Sapers, one of the most striking moments of the last decade came soon after he released a damning report on racism and discrimination in Canada’s prisons.
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Though many acknowledge Leslyn Lewis has demonstrated her political chops, her candidacy is still seen as a long shot in a race that some say will be driven by electability in the next general election.
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Small Business Minister Mary Ng says the extent of her interactions with the organization was limited to that initial pitch, and did not extend to the since-cancelled contract for the student-grant program.