UPDATE: Apparently one Conservative Blogger reads different meanings into articles.
I'm certain there's an easy explanation of great scientific thought, so I thought I'd ask you, good readers, to help me out.
PM Harper and Justice guy Rob Nicholson put forth a Bill raising the age of consent from 14 to 16. In other words, 14 year olds and 15 year olds are not mature enough to determine whether or not they should be able to have sex. So an 18 year old having sex with a 15 year old could be charged with rape.(Update: they COULD also fall into the close in age category as Right as Rain eludes to.)
So, if you're under 16, you're basically incapable of mentally making the correct decisions concerning your own body and the state is stepping in.
But then, the other day, the same Prime Minister and the same Justice Minister got up in front of the microphone and announced that their new Crime Bill will enable judges to try those same 14 year olds as adults in a court of law.
I see. So, 14 year olds don't have the mental capacity to have sex, but they have the mental capacity to determine the scale of crimes they commit? And these same 14 year old criminals will be named for these crimes to act as a further deterrent to future crimes they may or may not commit (depending on whether or not they been sodomized to death in a general population of adults in one of the new penitentiaries Mr. Harper will have to build to accommodate all these new criminals).
For good measure, Mr. Harper has already told Canadians that we'll be going back to the polls again next year if he doesn't get this new bill passed. Geez, we haven't finished this one yet and he's already getting ready for the next one.
So, to recap, 14 = NO SEX (not mature enough) AND 14 = life sentence + lifetime scorn (mature enough).