Criminal Pardons

Remember those posts that I wrote about earlier on Criminal Pardons? No, that’s okay 😉 You can view those posts HERE.

There I wrote about the idea that the Canadian Government raise the pardon application fee from $150 to $631. Can’t forget about that one-dollar…god forbid we forget about that one-dollar

During some browsing on the web through another task that I had to complete, I came across this consultation report titled “Consultation Report – Proposed Increase to the Pardon Application User Fee”.

There it discussed this new fee and the reasons for and reasons against the new fee. I just decided to write this post to highlight the fact that the difference between those that support it and those that do not support is HUGE!

The report reads

In terms of a breakdown of the responses received, 1,074 individuals/organizations did not support the proposed fee increase while 12 were supportive of the proposed increase

That is

1,074 who did not support

compared to the

12 who did support

the proposed fee increase.

In the end, a total of 16 complaints were also received because of this. Let me guess, all the 12 that supported the proposed fee were 12 of the 16 complaints?! Maybe…maybe not.

Since then, and in May 2011, an Independent Advisory Panel had been created. Don’t want your tax dollars going to process pardon applications? Idea: Why not have them go towards an IAP to make further recommendations either for or against the proposed fee! And if they suggest that the fee not be raised… more of the 12 individuals/organizations tax dollars have gone to waste 😉

I feel bad for those 12. Definitely a minority in this group.

Note: I don’t actually fee bad but for sake of this post…

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