New Conservative Bill Seeks New Criminal Penalties for “Mischief,” Not Just Vandalism, Near War Memorials
If only there was a way for the news media to search through this country’s voluminous laws before writing a story. Oh wait, there is.
Bill C-217, tabled by David Tilson, sets up harsh punishments for vandalizing war memorials.
This is yet another in a long string of ways in which the Harper regime is trying to play up its great love of the military, despite the fact that its cavalier mismanagement of the military’s procurement programs, in particular, now easily exceeds even the depths of incompetence plumbed by the Chretien Liberals. This summer it emerged that Minister Peter MacKay’s office was apparently unable to run even a simple truck purchase contract in anything like a reasonable time. That contract was said to be “urgent” in 2006; it still hasn’t been signed.
Anyhow, the war memorial vandalism law. As it happens, it’s already illegal to vandalize a war memorial, or pretty much any other public structure, as you may recall from the infamous urination episode a few years back. Under Section 430 of the Criminal Code, penalties for destroying or damaging property range from summary conviction to jail time, with no mimimum sentence but a maximum sentence of ten years in prison.Tweet