Article by Alison Crawford, CBC News
The federal justice minister says the work has already begun to eliminate many of the Criminal Code’s mandatory minimum sentences.
In an interview with CBC News, Jody Wilson-Raybould said her department is dissecting every mandatory penalty on the books.
“Certainly we recognize for the most serious crimes, mandatory minimum penalties are entirely appropriate, ” she said.
“I’m going to be moving forward on revisiting the mandatory minimum penalties in the Criminal Code in a comprehensive way. And that’s going to be coming in the very near future.”
As a former prosecutor, Wilson-Raybould says judges should determine the appropriate sentence for the individual before them.
She says there’s enough evidence to show mandatory minimums have contributed to the backlogs in Canada’s courts.