Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada is deflecting criticism of a new, mandatory victim surcharge, saying judges opposed to the measure will eventually 'see the wisdom' of making sure victims of crime receive proper help. (CP/Sean Kilpatrick)
A recent change to the law means judges are no longer allowed to exercise discretion over victim surcharge fines for poor convicts
Some of Canada's judges believe a new law gets in the way of justice. When what's called the 'Increasing Offenders Accountability Act' came into effect in late October, it not only increased victim surcharge fees, it made them mandatory. Prior to the law's passing, judges could waive the fines if they believed the offender was too poor to pay.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Gord Westmacott, Idella Sturino and Sujata Berry.