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The numbers on mandatory minimum sentences and crime don’t add up | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ 2:24 PM | By Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

During the 2006 federal election campaign, one party leader proposed “a comprehensive set of measures to make our streets safe from violent crime including a four-year minimum sentence for illegal possession and sale of restricted weapons. ...”

That proposal, made in Surrey, B.C., on Jan. 6, 2006, came from the late Jack Layton, then NDP leader. The NDP wasn’t the only party favouring mandatory minimums. They were often used by the Harper government to demonstrate that it was tough on crime.

When it first introduced amendments...