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View Matthew Dubé Profile
NDP (QC)
View Matthew Dubé Profile
2018-05-24 17:09 [p.19617]
Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for his speech.
As the member for Victoria indicated in his speech, we oppose the bill simply because it is far too flawed. Yes, it does contain some measures that have been lacking for a long time, but it also fails to include an extremely important measure, the review of mandatory minimum sentences, even though that was included in the minister's mandate letter. I would like to hear what my colleague has to say about that because the previous government is the one that established those minimum sentences.
It has been proven that mandatory minimum sentences do not reduce the crime rate in our communities. On the contrary, taking away the discretionary power of judges does nothing to keep the public safe. Republican legislators in the United States came to the same conclusion, even though they, like the previous government, were strong supporters of this policy.
Does the member agree that the minister should deal with this important issue, which is part of her mandate, once and for all?
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