Canada Mandatory Minimum

Government's Charter Violations? Let Me Count the Ways

Irwin Cotler | Posted 04.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

Recently the Ontario Superior Court ruled that a mandatory minimum sentence imposed against a first time offender violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Yet this decision is but the latest in a growing list of instances where the judiciary has found the Harper government's law and policy to contravene the Charter while ignoring the rule of law.

'Cruel And Unusual': Ontario Court Strikes Down Mandatory Minimum Sentence

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Sending a first-time offender to prison for three years for possessing a loaded gun is "cruel and unusual punishment," an Ontario judge rule...