Equality before the law

Irwin Cotler criticizes the Harper government’s decision to cut prison chaplains.

However, the government’s disregard for the principles of religious freedom and equality before the law — values enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms — is as inexplicable as it is unacceptable. Simply put, this move will have an adverse effect on the rehabilitation and reintegration of Canadian inmates and will infringe Charter rights, while at the same time contradicting the government’s own agenda of religious freedom.

With respect to the rehabilitation of offenders, it is clear that access to services and guidance of a religious character is essential. Regrettably, the government has demonstrated, yet again, that it is primarily concerned with the punitive aspects of the criminal-justice system, ignoring that those who are incarcerated will eventually be released and need assistance in their integration back into society.




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Equality before the law

  1. I realize the sensitivity of this issue, but really the cost of accommodating every tiny minority is just unrealistic. The bottom line is that the overwhelming majority of criminals in Canada are Christian Criminals. So in addition to spending taxes on housing, feeding and entertaining these Christians pragmatically we have no really choice but to cater to their spiritual well being as well. In any case, by the time the Christians all end up in prison it really is too late. What we really need is an immigration policy that filters out these Christian Criminals. We desperately need a government with the gumption to eliminate immigration from notorious Christian countries that continue to send us their problems.

    • Absolutely ….total agreement!

    • Once I again I suspect you are going to way to subtle for many a commenter here.

    • Oh yeah!! Then tell me my friend, just where are you going to find all those Wiccans then, huh!?!?

    • Is there something about Christians that make them commit so many crimes? Is it their upbringing? Their genes? Can they just not help themselves?

  2. And, now that the Cons have effectively eviscerated StatsCan, there are fewer competent social research organizations to study escalating recidivism among former inmates of their increasingly medieval penal (not correctional) institutions.

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