Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"Congratulations, Bill, you're now a Law"

The following acts are now law.

  • Fairness at the Pumps Act (C-14) – protects Canadian consumers from inaccurate measurements when purchasing gasoline or other measured goods, by making retailers more accountable for the accuracy of their pumps and other devices, beefing up fines, adding new penalties and introducing a new fine for repeat offences;

    Can't complain about that one. Now about those gas taxes...

  • Standing up for Victims of White Collar Crime Act (C-21) – will combat white-collar crime, toughening sentences and imposing mandatory minimum penalties;

    This has become more and more prevalent (see the Michael Ritter story over at  My cousin is a white-collar crime investigator; I wonder what he thinks. But again, how can one complain about it.

  • An Act Respecting the Mandatory Reporting of Internet Child Pornography by Persons who Provide an Internet Service (C-22)
    – toughens laws protecting children from adult sexual predators by making it mandatory for Internet service suppliers to report online child pornography;

    Yep. Again, no complaints here.

  • Protecting Canadians by Ending Sentence Discounts for Multiple Murders Act (C-48) – allows judges to impose consecutive parole ineligibility periods on individuals convicted of multiple murders;


  • Serious Time for the Most Serious Crime Act (S-6) – puts a stop to early parole for murderers, which addresses the additional anguish suffered by victims’ families as a result of attending repeated parole hearings;

    Again, finally.

  • An Act to Amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (C-35) – cracks down on crooked immigration consultants who exploit prospective immigrants and undermine the integrity of Canada’s immigration system, helping protect those wanting to immigrate to or stay in Canada;

    It's been getting worse and worse.

  • Freezing Assets of Corrupt Regimes Act (C-61) – allows Canada to act upon the request of a foreign state to freeze the assets that their former leaders and members of their entourage, including family members, senior officials and associates, may have placed in Canadian financial institutions.

    Wait a sec. If the Liberals win and Canada becomes corrupt again, can the government freeze the assets of its leaders?  


Anonymous said...

Yep i was reading these on NB tory Gal's blog.Unfortunately the corrupt regimes act only applies to foreign govts not our own...too bad.
But on the plus side we dont get bombed or shot at by govt troops!:P


Frances said...

Had a client who was victimized by white collar crime - a trusted employee whom they thought a friend. The employee did a bit of jail time, but her actions could have cost them their business and even their home.

Watched an offspring deal with another case of fraud at her workplace. In this case, the receptionist was 'erasing' cash payment records as well as records of work done for said payment. This case was never prosecuted. Ironically, I sounded the first alarm bell when my offspring - unhappy because of the negative vibes given off by this receptionist (who, quite rightly, fingured my child as keeping an eye on revenue & receipts) - was discussing the situation over a pint and mentioned the person was working 6 days a week and wouldn't take time off. I said then that such behaviour was a sign of fraud. A few weeks later, money was missing and the person left in a huff. The police were called in, but it was too small potatoes for them.

Many years ago, a friend had me attend a community association meeting where the fraudulent behaviour of the bookkeeper attached to the community daycare was discussed. Most people there were inclined to show the women (who admitted to stealing a fair bit) some mercy & just let her go. I won no friends by pointing out that - if they did that - they would be morally culpable the next time she tried to defraud someone. Ironically, I was backed up by a young engineer who pointed out that - in his world - such behaviour led, quite rightly, to dismissal.