White-Collar Redux (x2)

(Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson held his fourth media event on the government's proposed white-collar crime law today in Ottawa.

Again, he was unable to flesh out many of the details because the legislation still hasn't been tabled. That will happen tomorrow. 

But Nicholson did release a few details, including a two-year mandatory jail term for fraud over $1 million. 

Just as he did at last month's "announcement on white-collar crime legislation," Nicholson surrounded himself with what he called "victims of fraud."  One of the women present at today's announcement is a member of the Earl Jones Organizing Committee. 

The group works on behalf of 180 people who say financial advisor Earl Jones bilked them out of up to $75 million. 

Jones stands accused of fraud and theft, but hasn't had a trial yet. A court hearing scheduled for today was delayed until December 4th.

There is no question a lot of people have some shocking tales about Jones and his dealings. 

But justice ministers and attorneys general tend to stay out of the fray, favouring the oft-repeated line: "I can't comment as this is before the courts." 

Today though, Nicholson didn't hesitate to dive right in. 

After talking about the devastating impact of fraud Nicholson said: "the victims of fraud schemes represented here today can attest to the gravity of these crimes."

When asked whether Nicholson is pre-supposing the outcome of Jones' trial, he responded: "If an individual tells me that they're a victim, I accept that and I think it's appropriate to do so."