The Omnibus crime bill C-10 is now before the Senate for final approval. The Conservative Harper govt. is proposing changes to the Pardons rules that will make it harder to get in the future.
The unfortunate part about these stricter rules is that the current Pardons system works, with a very low number of people re-offending once a Canada pardon is granted.
Most employers in the country are doing criminal checks and the Americans are turning away Canadians each day who have old criminal records. In many ways, in this more paranoid world, the need for a Pardon has never been greater.
Below is a good article written by a Criminology Professor from U of T entitled “Crime Bill: What the Senate Can Salvage” which highlights the impact of the Omnibus Crime Bill C-10 on amongst other things, the Pardons system in Canada:
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