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The Problem With the Senate

“We need good, honest people in power” - The Reformist Party
Another issue arises related to the senate in power. Not to say all senators are corrupt, but a few current senators have spoiled the reputation of the rest by taking advantage of taxpayer money. With our new plan for electing senators, we know that this will result in a positive change for how our government runs.

5 Point plan:
  • Spending by the Prime Minister, MPs, and Senators must be made transparent. It must be public information
  • Official audits will be done on everyone in the government every 5 years
  • Senators are elected for a ten year period 
  • Senators will be elected by the MPs within each Senators' division. That way constituents have a vote.
  • This plan will take place once we are in power.  Current Senators will be phased out much like the penny, slowly and over time. New Senators will be elected when a current senator turns 75 or resigns. New Senators will follow the new rules that we put in place.  
We are making change for the better, as well as bettering the lives of citizens. By opening up spending records to the citizens, we can prevent things like Senate scandals and ensure that Senators are doing a good job in their position and not abusing their power.  We are well aware that change does not happen right away, which is why we decided that immediately removing all current Senators from their positions and replacing them with elected ones is not the right decision.  Instead, we will slowly phase our policies into place.

Consequences Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act:

The current Youth Criminal Justice Act was put in place with the purpose of rehabilitating and reintegrating youth offenders into society to fill meaningful roles. In no way, does this mean that young offenders will not face consequences equal to the severity of their crime. There are many consequences which youth can face depending on their attitude, age, circumstances, previous records and severity of crime. As a country, we have decided that 18 is the age that people can make decisions for themselves. This is why the YCJA covers the youth of Canada, youth from 12 to 17. Young offenders have the option to go to court or be referred into programs where they participate in more meaningful consequences. These youth will only be referred into programs if they show willingness to change their attitude and way of life. If they are not, they will be sent to court and charges may be laid. Alberta’s youth justice program has a completion rate of over 90%. Less than 20% of youth come into further contact with the law. This shows how youth are committed to changing their lifestyle and prevent future issues that may arise. 

The Reformist Party respectfully opposes the proposed changes made by the Hon. Meter Packay.  Youth must be held accountable of their actions, but adult sentences are not an effective way to discipline youth offenders. The Reformist Party understands that everybody makes mistakes and youth are at the point in their lives where they are beginning to make decisions for themselves. By allowing this proposed change to the YCJA we say that these youth have no chance of a better life and that they deserve to rot in jail. If you are not legally allowed to drive, drink or even go to 14A movie, why would you be able to spend the rest of your life in jail?

We, the Reformist Party, believe in the YCJA as it stands today. Adolescents are still being watched and punishments are given. We believe youth need to learn from their mistakes; their minds are still developing and youth are capable of change. Serious punishment that could penalize youth for life is not the goal of the YCJA, it aims to rehabilitate and reintegrate by issuing meaningful punishments. Allowing youth under 14 to have adult sentence may be doing more harm than good and lead them down a path that destroys their futures. Better methods of rehabilitation such as court, community service, and support groups lead the youth down a more positive route to success. 

We believe in change for the better, and this isn’t.


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