Dear Conservatives: You’re doing it wrong (Bill C-10 edition).

Bill C-10, the Conservative Party’s controversial, to put it mildly, crime bill, requires the government to use evidence when making policy decisions. Sadly, though, this evaluation of evidence is to take place five years after the policy is put in place, placing the cart before the horse:

9. (1) Within five years after this section comes into force, a comprehensive review of the provisions and operation of this Act, including a cost-benefit analysis of mandatory minimum sentences, shall be undertaken by any committee of the Senate, of the House of Commons or of both Houses of Parliament that may be designated or established for that purpose.

When asked to cite studies supporting C-10, Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson responded that provisions in the bill are based on “personal observations.”

Canadians should demand a government which bases policy on evidence, not anecdotes and hysteria.

(The full text of the Bill can be found here.)

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