Why do we need a law to make it illegal to deface war memorials? Shouldn’t we be taught to respect them just because it’s the right thing to do? Apparently, not.
OTTAWA — A law that would hand out tough punishment to thugs who desecrate war memorials in Canada is one step closer to reality.
David Tilson’s private member’s bill, C-217, was debated in the House Monday during third reading.
The Conservative from the Ontario riding of Dufferin-Caledon had hoped his law, which calls for a minimum $1,000 fine for the first offence, would get unanimous consent, but that’s not happening.
“The opposition fought it all the way through the justice committee, they think it’s too tough, they don’t like mandatory minimums and think judges should have the discretion to pat them on the head,” Tilson told QMI Agency. “I have talked to veterans who know people in Europe who say there is very little vandalism. I have an American intern who tells me there is very little vandalism at their war memorials; I don’t understand why it happens here.”
A second conviction would carry a minimum two weeks in jail and a month in the slammer for a third.