News/Canada: Day wants long jail terms for smugglers of people

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Subject: News/Canada: Day wants long jail terms for smugglers of people
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sat Jun 24 2000 - 11:15:55 EDT


Day wants long jail terms for smugglers of people
The Canadian Alliance leadership candidate makes the call in visit to B.C.
Peter O'Neil
The Vancouver Sun, April 26, 2000

OTTAWA -- People smugglers should receive the same minimum prison sentences
as murderers or criminals who use a weapon in the commission of their
crime, Stockwell Day was to tell a B.C. audience today.

The candidate for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance was also to call
for a reinstatement of the Canada Ports Police, dramatically tougher parole
rules for repeat offenders and a new Young Offenders Act.

A position paper was to be delivered at a breakfast meeting in Abbotsford.
It was developed in consultation with law-enforcement professionals.

It will probably go a step further than Immigration Minister Elinor
Caplan's recent legislation proposing a maximum life sentence, a $1-million
fine, or both, for those convicted of ''trafficking in humans.'' The
minister is currently visiting China to tell the authorities there of her
government's intention to battle people smugglers.

Day would treat people-smugglers the same as murderers and those who rob,
assault or rape using a weapon by imposing a minimum five- year sentence
for first offenders and a 10-year term for second offences.

His plan includes the call for five-year minimum sentences for people
smugglers and a minimum 10-year term for a second offence as well as the
reduction and eventual elimination of parole for repeat criminals.

Day also hoped to try to avoid the label of being too right wing by
discussing the need for education and job-training for young offenders, and
by avoiding his personal position in favour of capital punishment under
certain circumstances.

He and his aides have prepared his speech to appeal to the particular
concerns in B.C. related to people-smuggling and gang violence involving
certain ethnic groups.

''No one is more outraged by the proliferation of gangs who predominantly
prey on their own community than the hard-working immigrants who
legitimately came to this country expecting a better life for them and
their families,'' says a portion of a draft of the speech.
Melanie Orhant <<morhant@igc.org>>
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