Harper Government Seems to Believe in Eternal Damnation
23 Oct, 2013
Imagine you are a man in your late 40s and you have been living for the past 20 years in a federal prison in Canada, serving a life sentence for murder.
In those years you have come to understand the impact of your actions and you sincerely regret the harm and suffering you have caused. You have participated and benefitted from the prison programs on violence prevention and drug addiction. You have finally obtained your high school degree during this time, learned how to weld, attended the AA meetings inside and have faithfully participated in chapel activities. You have done everything you could to make something better out of the ruins of your life.
And then you hear in the recent speech from the throne that, “a life sentence means a sentence for life.” All hope is gone.
Like most Canadians, I don’t believe in eternal damnation. I believe in the rehabilitation and redemption of people.
However, bit by bit, law by law, the Harper government is turning the justice system into a system of lengthy and perhaps eternal incarceration. Let us not be tempted toward the dark side of retribution, but rather reaffirm our belief in the rehabilitation of man.