The Minister of Justice for Canada
is currently conducting a survey about mandatory minimum sentences
. On its face, this appears to be a small effort to obtain input about whether mandatory minimums are effective means of addressing criminal offences, and how to best allow judges to achieve the goals of sentencing.
However, the survey raises broader concerns about the efficacy of this proposed method. The options to choose from for appropriate sentences are limited, and the mechanisms proposed clearly show that Jody Wilson-Raybould has already made up her mind about how sentencing reform is to be achieved in this country.
The survey is, in my view, an effort to garner support for a process she has already decided to implement under the guise of engaging in public consultation.
I have concerns about what is apparent the Government wants to do. And I will outline them in this post. But I also want to implore you to take the survey, and have your views heard in the comment sections.
Here’s the link: https://surveys.ekos.com/ekos/cwx.cgi?_proj=07417SW&_lang=EN