Liberals table bill to make criminal pardons quicker, cheaper
|CTVnews 10 Jun 2021 at 11:59|
Introduced in the House of Commons this morning, would undo measures introduced by Stephen Harper s Conservatives that made people wait longer and pay more for a pardon.
Under the Conservative changes, lesser offenders -- those with a summary conviction -- must wait five years instead of three before they can apply.
Offenders who have served a sentence for a more serious crime -- an indictable offence -- must wait 10 years instead of five. Both those rules would be reversed under the new legislation.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says the cost of applying for a pardon shot up to $658 from $150 over the last 10 years, pushing down the number of applicants by more than half.
Blair says a smoother path to pardons will remove barriers to employment, travel and housing applications and clear the way to reintegration.