Former Conservative Rahim Jaffer slips through DUI Possession Charges – Opposition Charge Favoritism – March 10, 2010

Former Conservative Rahim Jaffer slips through DUI Possession Charges – Opposition Charge Favoritism – March 10, 2010

All this get tough on Crime rhetoric from the Harper Government hit a snag as former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer essentially got a get out of jail card for his DUI arrest.   The problem with creating tough laws is that the potential to end up being used as weapons against political opponents.

Would a Liberal or NDP person of standing like Mr. Jaffer have received the same sentence or deal?  Would you who reads this?  Could you imagine someone outspoken like myself if I was nailed for such a crime?

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“Members of this government are always quick to comment on any court judgment that doesn’t align with their get-tough-on-crime rhetoric,” Ms. Neville said. “They always say, ‘You do the crime. You do the time.’ What then is this government’s comment on the dangerous driver in possession of illicit drugs who gets off with no record and a $500 slap on the wrist?”

“The Conservatives are conspicuously silent only when the law is being flouted by one of their own. … Why the double standard?” Ms. Neville asked.

The Jaffer affair, however, was not the only contentious issue today in the House.

Both Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and NDP chief Jack Layton questioned the Prime Minister about the Afghan detainee controversy and a document unearthed by the CBC that shows a governmentcommunications strategy was in the works before the allegations of torture had become public. This suggests to the opposition that the government was aware of the torture allegations yet continued to transfer Afghan prisoners.

Laws should never be put on the books to be used as weapons.   What do you think Cornwall?  Was Mr. Jaffer’s sentence based on “perks”?  Post your comments below.

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23 Comments on "Former Conservative Rahim Jaffer slips through DUI Possession Charges – Opposition Charge Favoritism – March 10, 2010"

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grimalot
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I have a major problem with all of this, and it stems to both the Provincial and Federal Governments, and also our Justice System. If this was any average Joe, the book would have been thrown at them. Just because Mr. Jaffer was a former MP for the Conservatives, possibly a future MP for the Conservatives again, does this mean that he should be given such a light slap on the wrist? Rob Nicholson should be fuming right now if he wants to spew the tough on crime legislation that he is currently touting all the time. Who knows, maybe… Read more »
Stan
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grimalot, you are beginning to sound more like a politician every day….you should run!

Destructo
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It’s called a double standard folks, and it doesn’t only apply to politicians; the wealthy also benefit from it. Even if the correct charges are laid, the proper lawyer can figure out a way to clear things up. And who can afford good lawyers? Not me.

willie191
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It must be nice to have friends at the top. When the judge says,” your a lucky man”, you just know someone in the crown attorneys office put pressure on the judge. Our government is a do as I say, not as I do government.

Stan
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That sounds so true Willie, the Fiberals were always that way…..

Stan
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Maybe he wanted to run for the Fiberals in an upcoming election in Ontario. Perhaps thats why the Provincial Liberals gave him his “entitlements”.

grimalot
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Regardless of any party that the MP was associated with, there should be NO DIFFERENCE! The law is the same for ALL CANADIANS. At least I thought it was up until now. Seems like exactly like I mentioned above, “Whats good for the goose isn’t good for the gander”. All the parties be damned if they don’t speak out against this favoritism.

grimalot
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Not on crack. And I do do “favors” for friends and family. But “Legal” and reasonable favors. It doesn’t bode well for the government’s image, to sit there and do “Favors” for their “Cronies” and in the meantime, off with the heads of the common folk. If he just had a DUI, or racing, or whatever, then I’m sure that the sentence might possibly be lighter. That could be a given. But to have all 3, DUI, Racing, and Cocaine, I don’t care who they are but they deserve NO FAVORS! And were it you, or I, or any other… Read more »
willie191
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Admin, he was caught with cocaine!!!!! This man was given preferential treatment. If he can carry cocaine legally, then, we all can. sheesh. How the hell can you defend that?

grimalot
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and even if thats the case, thats still wrong. If thats the case, that he’s been given a light slap to keep him from blabbing something that his wife did, and if her action were illegal as well in any way, then both should be turfed. Actually that implication makes it sound even worse if you think about it Jamie.

There is no justifying getting away with that, no matter any way you could explain it. Friends in high places or not, it is wrong!

grimalot
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I’m damned surprised he got off as easily as he has! I find it atrocious! Extremely deplorable!

PJ Robertson
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Don’t know about crack. How about cracks in the principal plank of the neocon tough-on-crime platform? How foolish the high and mighty Harperites are looking right now! Full-scale implosion coming up? Stay tuned, everybody.

Stan
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Looks like the Liberals tried to make the Conservatives look bad.

grimalot
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Actually, the only one on crack in this whole story was Jaffer! And he got away with it! A gross miscarriage of justice on this one!

Reg
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So this is the Cons spin? Mr. Jaffer was driving a Prius. No, it was really Bob Raye who was driving but he ran off and left Ignatius’ cocain behind before the police got there. My Jaffer was simply passed out in the back seat from overindulgencing at a an open bar sponsered by the Liberal party. Yeah that’s it, the Liberals did it.

Stan
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Few would quarrel with Justice Douglas Maund’s observation that Rahim Jaffer caught “a break” when Crown prosecutors withdrew impaired driving and drug charges against him this week. But the muted outcome of the high-profile case involving the Conservatives’ one-time poster boy against drug abuse and dealing has sparked troubling questions that the Crown or Jaffer himself need to address. And soon! On Tuesday the former Tory MP pleaded guilty to careless driving in Palgrave last Sept. 11, when the Ontario Provincial Police clocked him doing 93 km/h in a 50 zone. He got a $500 fine. However the Crown withdrew… Read more »
Stan
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People in jail for cocaine possession, people who were caught driving drunk over the 0.08, all those people who paid fines, all those who now have crimnal records and cannot enter the USA, all those who have ignition interlocks on their cars now and must pay all of those exorbitant costs……ALL OF THESE PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER RAHIM JAFFER. Did you think of that Mr.Jaffer?

scott rymer
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The laws these days are obscure, they do nothing to prevent drinking and driving. If they really thought this was an issue, no one would be able to drink and drive. Its a cash cow and keeps police, lawyers , and judges buisy. To abolish drinking and driving, it should be manditory for every vehicle to have an ignition interlock system. Sooooo easy to doo ,{ which u would only have to blow into on initial start up}. This is the answer to the problem…and its in the governments best interest to show a little responceibility for this to go… Read more »
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