We have been blogging and lobbying against Bill C23 and now Bill C10 for over one year but it seems the Conservative govt. is poised to pass the Bill without any regard to the opposing views.
The good news is that Pardons are NOT going away. Record Suspensions (proposed new name for Pardons) will still have the same affect as a Pardon which is to remove the criminal record from public record so that the person will be safe for employment and travel.
The bad news is that wait times to be eligible for a Pardon will be extended and certain criminal charges, mainly sexual assaults against a minor will no longer be pardonable. The fees for the approval of the Pardons will also increase dramatically.
Here is a recent article titled “Pardons Application Expected to Tumble” that highlights some of the changes proposed in Bill C10 that will affect Pardons.