Conservatives say crackdown targets grow-ops and
other `serious drug crime' in neighbourhoods
Nov 21, 2007 04:30 AM
OTTAWA – The Conservative government has introduced automatic minimum jail terms of one to three years for serious drug crimes, as it targets grow-ops, organized crime and drug dealers or producers who exploit youths.
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson introduced a bill to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to bring in a range of mandatory minimum penalties that would be jacked up if there were aggravating factors – all in a bid to crack down on what he called a growing problem of "serious drug crime" that is "infiltrating" Canadian neighbourhoods.
Nicholson denied the Conservative government wants to limit judicial discretion or views judges as too lenient on drug offenders.
"Judges apply the laws that we have, but it's Parliament's job to set those guidelines, so we are living up to our responsibility to set those guidelines."
Among other things, the amendments provide: