Government. The changes did nothing to protect citizens, and was a knee jerk reaction to the general public outcry about circumstances they knew nothing about.
Those of us who understand Pardons and how they work, voiced our opinions, only to have if fall on deaf ears and watch in disbelief at the disaster it created, which has been a trail of disappointment, a drain of Government money, a money grab to the public, and almost unbelievable Government processing time, some application took as long as 5 to 6 years to complete and above all the most outrageous reasons in denying a Pardon such as a speeding ticket.
I am also very supportive with the proposal to regulate private business for assisting people with Pardons. In fact I have been lobbying to the Parole Board of Canada for several years to create some type of Accreditation or Licencing Agreement. I hope that the Government will move forward with this in the near future.
Article that appeared on CBC NEWS:
"Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tells CBC News that changes made by the previous government to the criminal pardons system were punitive and that his department could reverse them. "
"It looks to me that what was done was far beyond any measure of practical cost-recovery. It was in fact a punitive measure, and I think with the appropriate authorities within the government we need to re-examine that decision to see if it was appropriate," said Goodale.
Conservative changes called 'real tragedy'
Source: CBC NEWS