Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Another Vic Toews Gem!!!

Last week, Justice Minister Vic Toews toyed with the idea of sending 10 year old kids to jail.
His latest gem: Why not do away with preliminary hearings altogether? Says
the Honourable Toews: “Quite frankly, I don't see the value any more of the preliminary hearing”.

Toews added: "in most situations, all we're doing is duplicating. We're giving defence lawyers, essentially, a second kick at the cat." That is verbatum: "at the cat." At least according to the CBC.ca.

Here are a few un-educated thoughts:

1. I don’t know about you, but when I was a young pup, I kicked the can, never the cat;
2. Preliminary hearings, in many cases, actually save money, when the judge decides that a trial is not in order (i.e. insufficient evidence. Yes, it often happens);
3. Many accused actually elect to skip the prelim hearing phase;
4. Our criminal justice system has been working just fine for a very long time. And it’s considered one of the best in the WWW (whole wide world). So don’t mess with it!
5. What’s next? Skip trial and go straight to sentencing?

Please, Mr. Toews, don’t cause too much damage.
Three tails down for Toews – No pun intended!



Blogger imacynic said...

The guy is an embarassment. At first it was 14 yr old girls were too young to understand consent. Then he turns around and tells us children of 10 are too old not to understand culpability.

What a rediculous person.

8:02 PM  
Blogger wilson61 said...

It must be really hard to sit in opposition and watch common sense dictate rather than special interest groups.

Joe & Mary Sixpack think criminals get way too many kicks at the cat, on our tax dollars.

Must be a West or rural thing. We have always said kick at the cat.

10:17 PM  
Blogger IslandLiberal said...

"Special interest group", in this case, being defined as "any citizen of the Canadian nation"?

I've never heard "kick at the cat".

10:42 PM  

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