…. except in Canada you say?
Badge of Honour
Today’s headlines are all about Bernard Madoff Fraudster Madoff gets 150 years who has been given the maximum prison sentence of 150 years for masterminding a massive fraud that robbed investors of $65bn (£40bn).
In recent years, we see that in the States white collar crime is taken seriously resulting in stiff sentences, and in places like China it is taken ‘very seriously’ with public executions being the norm. But here in Canada under the Harper conservatives, it is, for all intents and purposes, a ‘badge of honour’ and treated pretty much as a misdemenour.
This government is on record for wanting harsher sentencing for juveniles and blue collar crimes (ordinary people), but has a double standard when it comes to their friends in high places.
A case in point to watch out for is the upcoming sentencing of conservative supporters Garth Drabinsky and his right hand man Myron Gottlieb, who together stole $500 million and then successfully dragged their case through the courts for ten years. The contrast should be startling! And, hopefully, a wakeup call to the people of this country of the hypocrisy of this conservative government, and our two-tiered justice system of Justice for the Rich, and the Law for the Poor.
Conservatives do not believe that people can work together and help each other so they do not believe in government and law. Instead they believe in a dog-eat-dog, everyone on-their-own and out-for-themselves society where the strongest survive and it doesn’t matter what happens to everyone else. So whenever conservatives gain power they abuse it and use it to get money for themselves and their friends.