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Paradis says the anti-crime bill is aimed at "dangerous offenders"

Quebec's top federal cabinet minister defends the anti-crime legislation introduced this week. Christian Paradis says the Harper government wants to ensure that dangerous criminals are off the streets and behind bars.

A lawyer calls in to say the tough-on-crime measures will clog the legal system. And the head of the Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (the umbrella group for agencies devoted to helping women and female youth in conflict with the law) says the bill seems "designed to whip up a frenzy of fear of crime that really doesn't exist." 

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