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Peter MacKay slapped down (again) by judge over victim surcharge

Not long ago, Justice Minister Peter MacKay actually said homeless people should sell off “a bit of property” to come up with the cash to pay the mandatory victim surcharge if they’re convicted of an offence. An Ontario judge has just replied with a forceful response: the mandatory surcharge is unconstitutional. Here’s how we got here: […]

August 1, 2014

Not long ago, Justice Minister Peter MacKay actually said homeless people should sell off “a bit of property” to come up with the cash to pay the mandatory victim surcharge if they’re convicted of an offence.

An Ontario judge has just replied with a forceful response: the mandatory surcharge is unconstitutional.

Here’s how we got here:

  • As part of its dubious “tough on crime” agenda, the Conservative government brought in the surcharge last October, removing a judge’s discretion…