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?
“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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