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White collar minimums

Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Graeme Hamilton

One of the key features of the Harper government’s “tough on crime” agenda was stiffer penalties for white-collar criminal offences. These sentencing reforms are unlikely to be overturned by the courts, despite a couple of recent high profile Supreme Court of Canada decisions striking down mandatory minimum sentences.

The Standing up for Victims of White Collar Crime Act, S.C. 2011, c. 6 was a highly publicized bill tabled in 2010 which imposed a mandatory minimum sentence of two years’ imprisonment for fraud over $1 million. Significant...