I've written regularly on the Conservative government's stupid on crime policies, and the unwillingness of all parties to risk the wrath of public opinion by calling BS on so-called "tough on crime" policies that are expensive, ineffective, and designed only to score headlines.
The Harper government wants a four-fold increase in the cost of applying for a pardon in Canada.Sounds great in theory, right? Who wants to subsidize criminals? And with public outrage over the Graham James pardon, the Conservatives are eager to jump on that bandwagon and been seen to respond toughly.
Saying it will not subsidize criminals, the government is proposing to charge $631 to study a pardon application, up from the current fee of $150.