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Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful

by Mountain River

Mountain River has been a prisoner for almost 3 decades, and has been a witness to the cyclical nature of the justice system.

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“Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.”

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

We want to address the issue of Harper and his bent for vengeance. Mr. Harper has publicly stated he has no problem with killing people. He’s willing to do so in your name and mine. When Canada used capital punishment in the past one out of every twelve people hung was later found to be innocent of the crime they were hung for. So Mr. Harper is willing to commit murder 8% of the time.

But this is not the first time Mr. Harper has been wiling to invoke harsher punishment from an ideological rather than a research-based scientific practical understanding of an issue. He has taken the Canadian public down the road to a police state where he’s more than willing to violate the rights of Canadians at every step. People knowledgeable about the events of the G20 summit can testify to that.

Bills presently before the House and the Senate will cause an explosion in the number of prisoners in Canada, not because of a rise in the number of crimes being committed , but by criminalizing more behaviours and imposing harsher sentences. Mr. Harper turns a blind eye to measures, approaches and programs that reduce the amount of violence in our society. He chooses a path to solve the problem of crime that has clearly been demonstrated by our Southern neighbours to be completely ineffective.

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