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Feds' public polling on minimum sentencing questioned by criminal lawyers

Friday, August 25, 2017 @ 2:21 PM | By Terry Davidson

Criminal lawyers are scratching their heads as to why the Liberal government is polling the public on loosening mandatory minimum sentencing put in place as part of the previous Conservative government’s tough-on-crime agenda.

Eric Gottardi, Peck and CompanyThe survey, which consists of two polls of 2,000 Canadian adults each and was to be available to respondents until Thursday evening, poses questions based on several scenarios around crime and punishment. Respondents are asked to weigh in on the sentencing of a 21-year-old brain-damaged abuse survivor with no...