Mandatory minimum sentences are "appropriate": justice minister

CBA's resolution criticizing tough-on-crime agenda dismissed by Nicholson

Canada’s justice minister has rejected harsh criticism from Canada’s top legal organization regarding Ottawa’s “tough-on-crime” agenda. An annual conference of the Canadian Bar Association in Halifax issued a resolution Sunday laying out a calling for judges to have more discretion with mandatory minimum sentences, particularly with respect to mentally ill offenders. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson responded on Monday by saying the sentencing guidelines were “reasonable and appropriate.”

The Globe and Mail 

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