It might be hard for the ill to get treatment, foreigners to get a visa, kids to get the right education, households to get inexpensive groceries, people to get not-so-pricey houses but what’s easy to get in Canada is a bail to a serial offender. People with significant criminal records under their names are wandering on Canada’s streets repeating criminal offences as they enjoy the leniency of the bail law in their country.
The issue of repeat offenders and random crime is becoming a hot topic in Canada. The flawed bail system of Canada that sees violent offenders out on streets, demands change but the liberals as usual are ignorant.
The leaders of Canada’s provinces and territories are pressuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take bail reforms seriously, particularly when it comes to specific crimes involving weapons.
The 13 premiers wrote to Trudeau on January 13 requesting a particular reform that would make bail more difficult for persons facing charges connected to the crime of possessing a loaded, illegal, or restricted firearm. They want a review of further crimes involving weapons.
“There have been a growing number of calls for changes to prevent accused persons, who are out on bail, from committing further criminal acts,” reads the letter. “The justice system fundamentally needs to keep anyone who poses a threat to public safety off the streets.”
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In 2019, the Trudeau administration modified bail terms in the Criminal Code, making bail the default stance for a judge. Critics of the decision claim that it has resulted in an increase in crime rate.
The president of the Police Services Board and the Toronto Police Chief have both petitioned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to change the bail and justice systems in Canada. In a letter to Trudeau, Chief Myron Demkiw and Board Chair Ainsworth Morgan added their voices to those calling for bail reforms and called for additional specific revisions to the penal code regarding gun crimes.
Demkiw and Morgan included data from the Toronto Police in their letter on individuals who were released on bail following an initial arrest for a firearm-related offence. In Toronto, 165 people who had been released on bail after being accused of using a firearm in 2021 were later re-arrested, including 98 for using a firearm and 67 for other offences.
They also want Trudeau to change the present one-third parole eligibility rule so that anyone who kills another person with a gunshot in a crowded area can be prosecuted with first-degree murder and, if found guilty, must spend at least two-thirds of their sentence before being eligible for parole.
“The public safety of Canadians and our heroic first responders cannot wait. The time for action is now,” premiers conclude in the letter.
Unintended consequences of Canada’s bail reform are putting more repeat offenders—some of whom are accused of random violence—on the streets. This has become an issue for provinces across the country.
It was just a few months back when a sad tragedy rocked the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The mass stabbing, which killed at least 10 and injured more than a dozen, trembled the whole country. And guess what? The perpetrators were serial offenders who were out on parole soon after their arrest. All thanks to the flawed Canadian justice system.
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While responding to the tragic incident, the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said, “Sadly, over these past years, tragedies like these have become all too commonplace.” Well, what else would happen if people with significant criminal records under their names are allowed to be at large in the country?
There have been calls in the country for the Trudeau government to “reverse its catch-and-release bail policy” referring to a law the Liberals passed in 2019 that updated bail provisions in the Criminal Code. But these incompetent liberals lack the political will to pay any heed to the matter. We are sorry Canadians! But stay at home because violent repeat offenders are wandering on the streets.
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