December 6, 2011 2:42 am

Ottawa’s omnibus crime bill criticized by Newfoundland justice minister

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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The justice minister in Newfoundland and Labrador says the federal government’s omnibus crime bill has not been properly studied.

Felix Collins also says the bill’s emphasis on mandatory minimum sentences is a bad idea.

As well, he says the actual cost of implementing the bill will be “astronomical.”

The bill was approved by a vote in the House of Commons on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police says it supports the multi-part bill because it deals with serious crimes.

Among other things, the bill increases penalties for sexual offences against children and ends the use of house arrest for violent crimes.

(VOCM)

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