Friday, September 26, 2008

Explain This Harper Crime Bill Hypocrisy to Me Will Ya

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).


nuna d. above said...

"14-year-olds won't be jailed: penal official
Claim Check: A regular look at statements made during the campaign

Published: 9 hours ago

Proposals by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party to crack down on young offenders wouldn't result in 14-year-olds being sent to prison with hardened adult criminals, despite public claims to the contrary by Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe."

The 14 year olds wouldn't be put into adult prison until they turn 18. Which is the same age as under the Liberals for sending someone to prison , is it not?

ken said...

You make a good point about consistency. However, Harper is not worried about being inconsistent as long as he can snag votes. I guess only those ivory tower types who attend all those taxpayer paid galas worry about consistency ;)

AnonymousCoward said...

James, its not COULD, its WOULD.

Unless that person is in a position of trust or authority.

IE, a camp counselor, or a youth leader.

James Curran said...


AnonymousCoward said...

Ok James. Glad you resorted to name calling, I hear that is how you win debates.

James Curran said...

Hey, I didn't choose your stage name. You did. Coward.