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In 2012, the Conservative Government's Safe Streets and Communities Act, Bill C-10, made big changes to the Canadian criminal justice system, including mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders and sex offenders.
Last April, a Supreme Court majority upheld a B.C. judge's ruling and struck down the mandatory minimums for drug offences.
As if that weren't bad enough, last November an Ontario Superior Court judge struck down a mandatory minimum sentence of one year for adults who engage in sexual activity with a minor. The judge ruled the minimum one-year sentence "grossly excessive"!
One year. "Grossly excessive." For sexual interference with a minor.
It's time Canada's elected MPs called "time out" on unelected judges - appointed until 75 years old - who think they know better than the voters and the MPs they elect every 3 or 4 years to make our laws.
Parliament could over-rule these judges by using the constitutional "notwithstanding clause."
When Pierre Trudeau and the provincial premiers met in advance of asking Britain's House of Commons to pass the Canada Act, - including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the amending formula - the premiers INSISTED on including the notwithstanding clause.
It was a deal breaker.
The premiers of Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta, and others insisted on upholding the principle that Parliament should make the laws, not the courts.
Now, Pierre's son Justin wants to overturn the Safe Streets and Communities Act, and the mandatory minimums it brought into force.
I am calling on Parliament to invoke the notwithstanding clause to over-rule and keep the one-year mandatory minimum for adults who engage in sexual activity with a minor.
Forget what Justin thinks. I am calling on Parliament to stand by mandatory minimums for other offences, too.
As Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, I will call upon our caucus to push for using the notwithstanding clause EVERY TIME left-wing activist judges try to usurp Parliament's responsibility to make laws.
As Prime Minister, I will not hesitate to bring a bill before Parliament to invoke the notwithstanding clause, to keep our families and communities safe.
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