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Justice, Crime, & Law Enforcement

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Cannabis

NDP

Proactively expunge criminal records for Canadians convicted of minor cannabis possession.
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Green

  • Lower federally set price for cannabis, making it competitive with illegal supplies.
  • Eliminate requirements for excess packaging.
  • Remove sales tax on medicinal products.
  • Exempt CBD from the restrictions of the Prescriptions List.

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Civil & family justice services

Green

Reform the policy, legislation, programming, and funding framework for Canada's superior courts so that civil and family justice services become more accessible to Canadians.

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Correctional workers

Liberal

Expand the Memorial Grant Programme to include correctional workers by the end of 2020.

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Deferred Prosecution Agreements & SNC-Lavalin scandal

Liberal

Implement all recommendations put forward by the Hon. Anne McLellan in her review of the role and structure of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

Conservative

  • Launch a judicial inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
  • Allow the RCMP to access information protected by cabinet confidence by making an application to the Supreme Court.

NDP

  • Immediately launch an independent public inquiry into alleged attempts from the Prime Minister's office to interfere in the former Attorney General decision-making authority.
  • Prohibit corporations facing criminal charges from lobbying elected officials.

Green

  • Develop a clear framework for use of Deferred Prosecution Agreements and require the Director of Public Prosecutions to report on negotiated DPAs.
  • Implement McLellan Report recommendations for a clear written exchange of views between ministers.

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Extremism & terrorism

Liberal

  • Invest additional $6 million in the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence.
  • Invest resources to counter the rise of international far-right networks and terrorist organizations.
  • Create a Director of Terrorism Prosecutions.
  • Create a review body for CBSA.

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NDP

  • Address radicalization by focusing on keeping youth from violent extremism through support for community-led initiatives.
  • Work with international allies, enhance real-time oversight of security services, and fully respect privacy and Charter rights of all Canadians.

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Gangs

Liberal

  • Invest an additional $50m each year for five years in dedicated funding to help municipalities meet the needs of communities at risk.
  • Work to expand successful diversion programmes to keep at-risk youth out of the criminal justice system.

Conservative

  • End automatic bail for gang members awaiting trial and revoke parole for those who associate with their former gang following release.
  • Identify known gangs as criminal entities.
  • Bring in tougher sentences including 5-year mandatory prison sentence for violent gang crime.

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NDP

Ensure communities have access to funding for anti-gang projects to deter at-risk youth from joining gangs.

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Guns

Liberal

  • Ban all military-style assault rifles, including a buyback programme.
  • Work with provinces & territories to give municipalities the ability to further restrict or ban handguns.
  • Don't bring back the long-gun registry.
  • Make sure CBSA & RCMP can detect and stop weapons at border.

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Conservative

  • Create a CBSA firearms smuggling task force to intercept illegal firearms at the Canada-US border.
  • Strengthen background checks for gun licenses and make it a crime to provide a firearm to anyone who has been prohibiting from owning one.

NDP

Keep assault weapons and illegal handguns off streets and tackle gun smuggling and organized crime.

Green

  • Ensure illegal handguns are intercepted.
  • Redirect CBSA resources to weapons smuggling.
  • Launch a confidential buyback programme for handguns and assault weapons.

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Human trafficking

Conservative

  • Strengthen human trafficking laws, including consecutive sentences for those who are convicted on multiple counts of human trafficking.
  • Ensure Canada meets commitments under the Palermo Protocol.

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Legal aid & access to justice

Liberal

  • Provide free legal aid to survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence.
  • Require all judges to take training on sexual assault law.
  • Enable hiring of as many as 425 new Crown prosecutors and 225 new judges.

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NDP

Increase federal funding for legal aid programmes across the country.

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Mandatory minimums

NDP

Reduce reliance on mandatory minimums and allow trial judges to have greater discretion over sentencing.

Green

Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences and enable courts to determine appropriate sentences based on the circumstances of each case.

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Policing

NDP

  • Work with provinces, territories, and Indigenous governments to support community policing.
  • Make sure RCMP retains trained members and provides a harassment-free work environment.

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Prisons and prisoners

Liberal

Establish an independent Criminal Case Review Commission to make wrongfully convicted applications easier.

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Conservative

  • Tie parole eligibility to job skills training.
  • Take steps towards statutory release & replace it with earned parole.
  • Continue to fund extant rehab programs focusing on literacy, numeracy, anger management, & addiction.
  • Require all necessary admin work complete before release.

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Green

  • Eliminate solitary confinement.
  • Re-invest in prisoner rehabilitation and preparation for reintegration into society, especially for Indigenous people and women.

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Victims of crime

NDP

Provide victims access to services and supports such as counselling, referrals, police, and court-related services, and a voice in decisions that may impact their safety.