Drumheller's Member of Parliament is concerned about some proposed changes to the Canadian Legal System.
Bill C-75 is designed to help clear a backlog in the system through measures such as curtailing the use of preliminary inquiries and reforming the bail system. It also would reclassify indictable offences with a maximum sentence of 10 years or less so that they could be punishable as summary offences, which would carry a maximum penalty of two years less a day.
"Assault with a weapon, participation in activites of terrorist groups, leaving Canada to participate in the activity of a terrorist group, punishment of a rioter and concealment of identity, breach of trust by public officers, municipal corruption, selling or purchasing (political) office, influencing or negotiating appointments or dealing in offices," Kevin Sorenson recited.
"If you lessen the sentence to someone who has assaulted someone with a weapon, with a knife or with a firearm, what does that really tell you about what they think of the victim?," he asked.
The bill was introduced in the House of Commons for first reading just before the Easter Holiday, which Sorenson said raised his political radar, as there was no time for debate before the break. He also thinks it sets a double standard considering some of the government's other legislation, including the proposed gun registry.
"Why is it that law abiding citizens are going to all of a sudden have to jump through more hoops out on the farm to purchase a .22 rifle or any kind of rifle and yet they do absolutely nothing to fight organized crime and to fight firearm crime in the cities?"
Bill C-75 would also give judges greater power over the pace of trials and it makes good on a Liberal campaign promise to crack down on intimate partner violence, including tougher penalties and conditions for repeat offenders.