It’s far past time to toughen our criminal justice system

Canada’s justice system is a big joke! What do you think? Should Canada’s laws be tough on dangerous offenders? (See the recent leaflet of Blaine Calkins, MP Wetaskiwin.) Wake up Canada! Innocent lives are taken every day; families torn apart every day; shootings and stabbings, beatings, physical and sexual abuse, robberies, drunk drivers, arsonists, cyber bullying, texting drivers.

Canada’s justice system is a big joke!

What do you think? Should Canada’s laws be tough on dangerous offenders? (See the recent leaflet of Blaine Calkins, MP Wetaskiwin.)

Wake up Canada! Innocent lives are taken every day; families torn apart every day; shootings and stabbings, beatings, physical and sexual abuse, robberies, drunk drivers, arsonists, cyber bullying, texting drivers. Ongoing problems every day!

We have rotten citizens everywhere who have no regard for others or their property; no regard for right or wrong.

Why?

Because, in my opinion, this country continues to defend and protect the lawbreaker and the dangerous offender.

We, as Canadians, are fed up with the burdens that they create in the lives of the good and innocent.

As long as our judicial system continues to remain so feeble and adverse, the offender will be allowed to carry on with their horrific and destructive life patterns.

The behaviour revealed is one of a very shallow and sick mind, that portrays a selfish, sadistic and heartless attitude, so why wouldn’t they and why shouldn’t they?

A display of such character has many times resulted in them getting away with murder (literally!).

If an offender is proven guilty, the penalty, if any, that is handed to them through the courts (and, might I say, with a sympathetic, caring hand) is a big flipping joke! What? A small fine, a suspension or ban, community service work, probation, or worse yet, a slap on the hand.

Big deal! These so-called penalties have no major effect on the minds and lives of the offender.

Remember, they are an offender; they don’t care! This has been proven over and over to the innocent people of this country.

Our whole world has changed; our people have changed, and until the laws within our judicial system are changed and harsh penalties are introduced and enforced, our crime will continue to worsen. Meanwhile, the message we receive is “Crime pays!”

It’s time to change this picture and allow the people of this country the right to live their lives in peace and harmony; free from fear and crime. It’s time that our government, courts, lawyers and judges start protecting and supporting our police officers, as well as the innocent, law-abiding citizens who look after our government. It sure isn’t the criminals who pave your way to success; it’s just the opposite.

Our police officers dutifully go out and risk their lives every day. They investigate crimes, capture and arrest the culprit, attempt to bring them to justice, and in turn the judicial system fails them. The criminal is set free, only to commit crime again.

Why does this government and judicial system allow this to happen? Is it not the government’s responsibility to rule our country and work with the people, for the good of the people?

Sadly, the whole country was touched deeply last month with the killing of yet another RCMP officer while on duty at St. Albert.

This incident should have never, ever happened!

Sadly, because freedom was continually granted to one person with ongoing criminal behaviours, an innocent life was senselessly lost and families were left with their world torn apart. Fortunately the gunman took his own life and will not have another opportunity to destroy anyone or anything else. And, fortunately, taxpayers won’t have to support another criminal within our prisons.

How and why do these rotten citizens, who have criminal records as long as our arms and legs, get let off the hook and retain their freedom?

Wake up, Canada! It’s time to get tough! Quit protecting the guilty; hold them accountable for their unacceptable behaviour, not the innocent taxpayer!

Allow them the suffering that they deserve with stiff and harsh penalties. They need to understand that when they choose the behaviour, they choose the consequences

If offenders and criminals had to endure some severe and harsh times for choosing to do wrong, perhaps it would deter them from developing such lengthy criminal records. Perhaps our prisons would not be so overcrowded if penalties for crimes were pathetic enough that one would choose not to enter, nor would they desire a return visit.

Canada’s present prison system is also a big flipping joke! Our prisons are nothing more than a temporary confinement where offenders and criminals are allowed to take refuge.

Teresa Thiem

Lacombe

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