Now, that’s two subjects on which the Tories reject the solid research: climate change and crime. The government’s own research shows that mandatory minimum sentences do not work. However, even Harper says that research on justice doesn’t work.
In a 2008 speech, Harper flatly denounced research-based justice policies, accusing the pedlars of such policies of trying to “pacify Canadians with statistics.”
But, statistics are the cold hard facts. Basically, Harper is rejecting reality and substituting it for his own. So, outright Harper is trying to fool us.
“The great appeal of mandatory minimum sentences is that they give politicians the appearance of doing something, of being seen to be doing something,” Craig Jones, the executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada, said in a recent interview.
“You must never underestimate the need for politicians to be seen to be doing something — even if, in some cases, it’s the wrong thing.”