LILLEY: Trudeau reduces sentence for serious gun crimes

Two days after saying growing gun violence is ‘unacceptable

‘Author of the article:Brian Lilley

Publishing date:Feb 18, 2021  

FILE PHOTO: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference at Rideau Cottage, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada January 22, 2021. REUTERS/Blair Gable/File Photo ORG XMIT: FW1
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference at Rideau Cottage, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada January 22, 2021. PHOTO BY BLAIR GABLE /REUTERS

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to crack down on gun crime, then on Thursday his government introduced legislation to reduce sentences for serious gun crimes including weapons trafficking and importing.

It goes completely against what Trudeau said on Tuesday.

“In some of our cities, gun crimes are on the rise. This is unacceptable,” Trudeau said using sombre tones. “No one should be afraid of being a victim of a sniper or a stray bullet. As a parent, I know full well that our greatest fear is receiving a tragic call, telling us that the worst has happened.”

He said that as his government introduced a bill, C-21, that primarily changes which firearms a legally licensed gun owner can possess. You’ve likely heard of the government’s plan to ban 1,500 “military-style assault weapons.”

That’s what they want you to think of when you think of their gun control measures. They ban these rifles and shotguns, which are not used in crimes while invoking the kinds of shootings that have plagued our cities over the past several years.

If you want to know Trudeau’s real thoughts of dealing with gun crime, look at what his government is doing in Bill C-22.

Mandatory minimum sentences are being removed for a long list of offences including:

– Use of firearm in commission of offence

– Possession of restricted or prohibited weapon knowing possession is unauthorized

– Possession of loaded handgun

– Possession of weapon obtained through crime

– Weapons trafficking

– Unauthorized import/export of firearm

– Illegal discharge of a firearm with intent

– Robbery with firearm

– Extortion with firearm

The government put these changes into a bill they described as dealing with systemic racism in Canada’s justice system and making sure that people who make simple mistakes don’t pay for them for the rest of their lives.

“These are people with health problems. These are single mothers. These are young people who perhaps have made a couple of mistakes,” Justice Minister David Lametti said while introducing his bill.

It sounds nice and it pulls on the heartstrings, but it’s also a load of BS.

Take the removal of mandatory minimums for knowingly possessing an illegal firearm. Right now there is no mandatory minimum on someone’s first offence, a minimum of one year on a second offence and a minimum of three years on a third offence.

Being caught with illegal guns three times isn’t making a “couple of mistakes,” it is repeatedly engaging in dangerous criminal behavior, the kind the government claims it wants to stop.

The legislation also removes one-year mandatory minimum sentences for charges related to smuggling and trafficking in illegal guns. Isn’t that exactly what the government claims they want to stop?

Lametti made repeated claims on Thursday that mandatory minimums were a failed Conservative policy that Canadians have rejected. This is false.

Mandatory minimums have been part of Canada’s criminal code since at least the time of Pierre Trudeau, who introduced some, as have other Liberal governments.

The Harper government started using minimum sentences in response to outrage over light sentences for serious crimes. Voters loved them for a time and it’s likely the Harper government went too far.

That doesn’t mean they have no place in our system. The minimums being repealed by the Trudeau government for guns crimes are mostly light and not punitive.

With this bill, Justin Trudeau is showing he isn’t serious about dealing with actual gun crime and any claims otherwise are simply electoral smoke and mirrors.

LILLEY: Trudeau reduces sentence for serious gun crimes | Toronto Sun

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Christian Pastor Jailed for Holding Church Services in Canada

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THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. 18 Feb 2021 

A Christian pastor from Edmonton, Canada, has been jailed for breaking Alberta’s Public Health Act by continuing to hold church services when ordered to stop.

Rev. James Coates of GraceLife Church of Edmonton turned himself in to police on Tuesday, two days after officials attended his Sunday service to assess compliance with conditions issued to the pastor, police said in a news release Wednesday.

Authorities from Alberta Health Services and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) determined that Pastor Coates “was not complying with his Undertaking release conditions” issued by authorities.

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The officers told Coates that he could be released if he promised to discontinue Sunday services, which the pastor refused to do.

Coates’ lawyer James Kitchen told CTV News that his client was willing to go to jail in order to do the “right thing” but “Coates could not, in good conscience,” agree to the cessation of church services.

“His first obedience is to his Lord, is to his God. And normally, obeying Jesus and obeying the government go right in hand,” Kitchen said. “The government’s forcing him into a position where he has to choose between disobeying God and obeying government, or obeying God and disobeying government.”

Coates has been charged with two counts of contravention of the Public Health Act and for failing to comply with a condition of his release.

A spokesman for the Mounties said that the pastor has been given a second court appearance for next Wednesday.

“We’ve been consistent in our approach of escalated levels of enforcement with Pastor Coates, and we were hopeful to resolve this issue in a different manner,” said RCMP Inspector Mike Lokken. “The Pastor’s actions, and the subsequent effects those actions could have on the health and safety of citizens, dictated our response in this situation.”

GraceLife Church was already fined $1,200 in December when authorities determined that attendance at a worship service exceeded the 15 percent of capacity permitted. The following month, officials ordered the church to close.

In a statement, GraceLife laid out its position on government lockdowns and their effectiveness.

“We do not see our actions as perpetuating the longevity of COVID-19 or any other virus that will inevitably come along,” the statement said. “If anything, we see our actions as contributing to its end – the end of destructive lockdowns and the end of the attempt to institutionalize the debilitating fear of viral infections.”

“Our local church is clear evidence that governmental lockdowns are unnecessary,” the statement added. “In fact, it is also evidence of how harmful they are.”

Christian Pastor Jailed for Holding Church Services in Canada (breitbart.com)

The False and Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About the Capitol Riot

Insisting on factual accuracy does not make one an apologist for the protesters. False reporting is never justified, especially to inflate threat and fear levels.

Arwen~ A very important read, read and share.

Glenn Greenwald
Feb 16


Damage is seen inside the US Capitol building early on January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

The False and Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About the Capitol Riot – Glenn Greenwald (substack.com)

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