The Canadian federal government is on the verge of making a significant legal alteration that has the potential to completely transform the federal bail system. However, this change is far from positive. This single alteration in the law could leave Canada in a situation similar to that of Haiti, rendering the nation vulnerable and powerless.
In the Kensington Market area of Toronto, a grave incident unfolded involving Carlos Swaby-Palacios, a repeat violent offender. Disturbingly, he was out on bail when he was accused of attacking Oluwatobi “Tobi” Alaga, a Nigerian immigrant.
Swaby-Palacios faces serious charges, including kidnapping, during the period he was out on bail. This case is not just one such incident, as noted by seasoned homicide investigators who reveal that many individuals accused of similar crimes are often out on bail. This alarming pattern underscores a broader issue within the justice system.
Critics, particularly conservatives, have vehemently advocated for denying bail to repeat violent offenders. However, the Trudeau government has consistently remained indifferent to these concerns. Despite widespread calls for action, the government has not taken concrete steps to address this problem.
The New Reform Bill: Release Everyone
The situation has created significant political turmoil for the Liberal Party of Canada, especially in light of their persistent efforts to implement a new bail reform bill. Under the new bail law proposed by the Liberal party, the Canadian government has faced widespread criticism.
The House of Commons unanimously fast-tracked the Liberals’ bail-reform bill, bypassing the committee study, aiming to enforce reverse-onus provisions. These provisions shift the burden of proof to certain offenders, compelling them to demonstrate their safety for release, especially those charged with severe violent offenses involving weapons.
Despite pleas from various quarters for comprehensive bail reform, the ruling party has refused to enact legislation that would effectively detain violent criminals like Swaby-Palacios. Experts have identified numerous flaws and loopholes within the law, raising concerns about its effectiveness.
Civil society groups such as the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society of Canada have expressed worries regarding the lack of oversight and the potential adverse consequences of the proposed legislation.
However, Justice Minister Arif Virani defends the bill, asserting that it does not undermine the presumption of innocence and is in compliance with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He emphasized the bill’s significance for public safety and justified the decision to fast-track, emphasizing the government’s fundamental responsibility to safeguard Canadians.
The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration, where Senator Marc Gold has expressed the desire for swift passage, aligning with the unanimous decision of the House of Commons. The debate over this legislation continues to stir intense discussions about justice, public safety, and the rights of the accused.
The Loopholes in System: Trudeau Worsening It
The existing loopholes in the justice system raise significant concerns, allowing even persistent offenders to find their way out of prison. This issue exacerbates the already high crime rate in Canada. Instances of Canadian prisoners being released on bail have become increasingly common, reflecting the leniency of the Ottawa Liberal government towards serious crime offenders.
The Correctional Service of Canada’s decision to transfer notorious criminal Paul Bernardo from a maximum-security institution to a medium-security facility in Quebec has sparked widespread criticism. Despite the heinous nature of Bernardo’s crimes, the CSC failed to provide a clear justification for this move, leading to public outrage.
Moreover, questionable decisions, such as Trudeau’s favoring the release of thousands of inmates during the 2020 Covid lockdown, have been widely reported, reflecting misguided judgment. These incidents highlight the pressing need for comprehensive reforms to address these systemic issues, ensuring public safety and reinforcing the justice system’s integrity.
If the proposed law takes effect, Canada’s escalating crime problem, with prevalent drugs, normalized street killings, and increasing criminal activities, will worsen. Homicide rates could surpass 2, signifying a dire situation. Releasing criminals, instead of incarcerating and rehabilitating them, might lead to a crisis similar to Haiti. The potential release of numerous offenders could result in chaos, reminiscent of Haiti’s dire state.
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The situation mirrors the Haiti scenario, where federal authorities might lose control, leading to a gruesome and uncontrollable scenario. Rather than saving Port Au-Prince, Trudeau and his liberals are heading to create a similar scenario in Ottawa. The consequences of such a policy change could be devastating, demanding careful consideration and effective solutions to maintain law and order in Canada.