The Trudeau government is facing serious questions in the wake of their plan to legalize marijuana.
Some of these questions centre around the length of punishments for certain crimes, and the total lack of moral reasoning separating sentences for very different types of illegal acts.
For example, under the new government marijuana legislation someone who sells or gives marijuana to a youth could face up to 14 years in prison. Disturbingly, that’s the same punishment someone would face for sexually assaulting someone under 16.
Additionally, many people in Canada have served less than 14 years in jail for horrific crimes such as murder.
How can the Trudeau government say giving murder or sexually assault is even in the same category as giving marijuana to a young person?
The real issue here is that punishments for heinous crimes are not nearly long enough.
The previous government tried to toughen up the broken justice system, but the soft-on crime Trudeau Liberals are dismantling many of those measures.
As a result, our justice system remains weak, and often seems devoid of any moral compass.
Actions must have consequences
If actions don’t have consequences, all of us are put at increased risk. When a government refuses to impose severe sentences for horrific crimes, they send a signal that devalues life.
No society can remain strong in the long-term if people who commit terrible acts are just given a slap on the wrist. There must be punishments for crime, and those punishments must be based on respect for those who are victimized.
That is why Canadians must demand an end to the weak, soft on crime policies that have made a mockery of our justice system.
Those who violently victimize others must be dealt with severely. Respect for victims must be the driving force behind our justice system. Our society depends on it.