On Friday we are expecting the Harper government to unveil new legislation aimed at putting violent, repeat offenders behind bars for longer periods of time. The NDP and Liberal opposition parties have already said they don’t support the bill. In fact MPs from both parties came out earlier this week comparing a life sentence, where life in jail means life in jail, to a death sentence.
Apparently in never dawned on these fine gents that waking up in a jail cell every day is vastly different than never waking up because you are in a coffin six feet under.
But don’t worry, just because the NDP and Liberals don’t want to get tough on murderers doesn’t mean they don’t want to get tough on crime. On Thursday MPs debated bringing back the mandatory long-form census.
Liberal MP Ted Hsu from the Kingston area is behind Bill C-562.
The Globe and Mail ran a sympathetic front page article today. The Star, The Hamilton Spectator, Huffington Post and more have all backed the return of the mandatory long form census which used to threaten people with jail for not detailing private information on a government form. Private firms are barred from collecting data from willing participants online and that has strong progressive support but fail to tell the census people about kitchen renovations and you could go to jail.
The bill put forward by Hsu doesn’t call for jail time but does call for $500 fines for “for every refusal or neglect, or false answer or deception.”
I wish Liberals cared as much about dealing with real criminals as they did about shoving themselves into my private life.
I’ve spoken to people who deal in statistics for a living, people like Darrell Bricker, CEO of Global Public Affairs for IPSOS, and he says the change from mandatory to voluntary does not kill the data. Bricker chastised those claiming otherwise when he appeared before committee years ago.
The simple fact is progressives want to be able to fine you, or jail you, for not adhering to their wishes. Not for real crimes, just for having a mind of your own.