The Harper government has lost a battle in their tough-on-crime agenda.
"No system of criminal justice that would resort to punishments that ‘outrage standards of decency’ in the name of furthering the goals of deterrence and denunciation could ever hope to maintain the respect and support of its citizenry," the court ruled, according to the Canadian Press.
"Similarly, no system of criminal justice that would make exposure to a draconian mandatory minimum penalty, the cost an accused must pay to go to trial on the merits of the charge, could pretend to have any fidelity to the search for the truth in the criminal justice system."
It's unknown, whether or not the federal government will appeal the ruling at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Nevertheless, theRead More »from Ontario court ruling reignites debate about mandatory minimum sentences